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  • A ‘Mega’-Sized Focus On COVID-19 For SBS

    Spanish-language media has perhaps an outsized role in bringing Latinos crucial information regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus. At the same time, it must offer safeguards to its staff – in particular those who have chosen to work in their normal locales. SBS has worked hard to protect its viewers and employees.

    Another Hard Fall For ETM

    With the company mired in negative news stories ranging from the untimely exit of the KROQ-FM in Los Angeles morning show to COVID-19 fueled job reductions across its entire operations, the last 30 days haven't been kind to Entercom. Investors aren't making things any easier.

    TEGNA’s Tit-For-Tat With Soo Kim Continues

    Late Wednesday, TEGNA fired a missile designed to fully put an end to Standard General's quest for a greater say-so of the company's day-to-day actions. According to the broadcast TV company, Standard General's actual holdings in TEGNA are less than what it says they are — thanks to a stock sale it quietly just disclosed.

    Entercom: A Virtual Shareholders’ Meeting, And A Multi-Million Dollar Draw

    Entercom stock tumbled by nearly 18% from Tuesday's close. The dip to a fresh 11-year low is likely not in reaction to Entercom's decision to go with a virtual annual shareholders' meeting, but instead to an SEC filing detailing a big "Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation."

    A ‘Significant’ Number of Layoffs, Furloughs Hit Entercom

    "I am deeply saddened that we need to make these painful moves at this time." Those are the words of Entercom head David J. Field, who in an internal memo to all employees Thursday morning revealed that the coronavirus pandemic -- which led the audio media company to exhaust all available dollars under the revolver portion of its credit agreement -- is claiming jobs.

    Improved LPFM Reception: A FCC April Open Meeting Item

    The FCC's April Open Meeting agenda was discussed Wednesday by Chairman Ajit Pai in a blog post. While the docket is full of 5G-related items, one final item is of high interest to any radio broadcasting company with an FM signal in a market where low-power FMs have a presence, such as New Orleans.

    Beasley The Latest Radio Company To Reduce Staff

    Furloughs and permanent job cuts have been made at some of the biggest radio broadcasting companies, including HeartMedia and Townsquare Media, respectively. It is now known that Beasley, which has suffered a significant decline in its stock price that even pre-dates the coronavirus pandemic-fueled Wall Street downturn, has also said goodbye to more than five dozen employees.
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    A Stern Look At Sirius XM Shows Minimal COVID-19 Impact

    An esteemed Wall Street analyst has reviewed just where the satellite radio company and home to Howard Stern stands today and perhaps in the near future. His call? Things will be down, but not so bad. The report comes as Stern announced Tuesday morning on his show that six weeks of free access — via streaming.

    ‘Boost Idaho’ A Swift Success For Boise Radio Group

    A group of radio stations serving Boise, Idaho, announced a new initiative designed to help local businesses get the word out that they are open. Ten hours later, the stations closed the program: All of the spots made available were claimed.

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    An Ohio FM Trades Hands, East Of Columbus

    In the town of Crooksville, Ohio, due east of the state capital, is a Class A facility offering Classic Hits to the Zanesville area. It's just been sold, making this station the buyer's sixth FM station in the Buckeye State.

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    At Long Last, Dodgers Games To Come To AT&T-owned MVPDs

    A seven-year impasse between AT&T-owned DirecTV and U-Verse and Charter Communications has ended. This means that, once life returns to normal, Dodgers games airing on Spectrum SportsNet LA can now be viewed by subscribers of the respective pay-TV services.
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    Nielsen, Sinclair Renew Ratings Vows

    A multi-year renewal agreement has been signed that will allow Sinclair Broadcast Group's properties to use a series of measurement services from Nielsen across all of its over-the-air television stations, its regional cable news channel, its 22 soon-to-be-rebranded regional sports networks (RSNs), "several" digital multicast networks, and The Tennis Channel.

    Pew: How Americans View Coronavirus Media Coverage

    How Americans perceive the coronavirus outbreak and view media coverage differ by their main news source, new research from Pew Research Center's Journalism & Media arm finds. That said, the study looks at the nation's three nationally distributed pay TV "news" networks, which until early March were largely focused on Washington politics and opinions.

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    RBR+TVBR ENCORE: ‘Survival Strategies’ For Radio Advertisers

    Eric Rhoads, founder of Radio Ink and Chairman of Streamline Publishing's Radio + Television Business Report, last week recorded a podcast with marketing guru Jay Abraham expressly designed for radio industry executives and sales professionals to share with clients. We're pleased to share it again, as it offers you 20 minutes that could positively change your station and your clients.

    Should Broadcast TV Be Protected When Airing ‘Exponential Threat’ Spots?

    In late March, a controversial coronavirus-focused advertising campaign targeting President Trump began airing on TV stations across the U.S. The spot politicized the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., and even brought the subject of license revocation for broadcast TV station that aired the commercial. Two top House Democrats want FCC Chairman Pai to assure broadcasters no such worries are necessary.

    Kantar Sells SRDS, With A Refresh Planned By New Owner

    In the late 2000s, SRDS was nearly ubiquitous in the marketing and advertising industry, serving as an indispensable resource for locating and comparing digital and traditional media across business, consumer and geographic audiences. In recent years, however, SRDS had lost much of its lustre. Now, Kantar is selling it, and its forthcoming owner wishes to "rejuvenate" the legacy brand.

    Other Music Licensing Issues Radio Still Faces

    The judge presiding over the royalty litigation between BMI and the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) on March 23 approved a settlement between these parties. But, as Wilkinson Barker Knauer partner David Oxenford notes, the settlement of this case still leaves many other music royalty issues for commercial radio broadcasters.

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    Online Production: Breaking The Coronavirus Isolation Issue

    Broadcasting and production are no more isolated from the effects of the Coronavirus than any other industry. Yet, as Video-On-Demand explodes, even for broadcast TV, projects in various stages of development, pre-production and production are shut down or put on hold. Who knew that a Finnish public broadcaster's efforts to combat this problem would help U.S. media companies?

    Mic Hygiene A Station Need? This Can Help

    As a way of helping to enhance microphone hygiene in these challenging times, a California-based tech company has added extra windshields into every microphone it sells. Standard mic packages that had typically included one windshield have been upgraded to six.

    Best Practices For Safe Cleaning of Broadcast Studios, Equipment

    Johns Hopkins Medicine warns that “Studies suggest that coronaviruses may stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.” As such, keeping common areas sanitized to protect on-air staff and production personnel is a top concern. Here are some tips for a clean work environment, protecting the remaining staff in your radio or TV station, courtesy of tech company LAWO.