Broadcast Advocacy

NASBA advocates for their member radio and television stations across the country in statehouses as well as by helping to educate federal delegates on issues that are important to our industry.

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Which Country Will Abandon FM Next?

01-13-17

Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

Now that Norway has started its transition from FM to DAB, it seems fair to ask what country might be next in line to make the change

Now that Norway has started its transition from FM to DAB, it seems fair to ask what country might be next in line to make the change.

Just last month digitalradio.it reported that starting Jan. 31, Italy`s RAS (Radiotelevisione special agency) has expanded the reception of DAB + programs in South Tyrol with the commissioning of the stations in San Vigilio, Casies, Corvara in Passiria, Schlinig, Anterselva, the valley of Braies and Maso Corto..." Furthermore: "...at the end of 2017 RAS will start [to turn] off the first small FM systems — therefore, in the purchase of a new radio device, the user is asked to choose a digital radio. The same applies to the purchase of a new car, which should be equipped with DAB + system."

Digital radio has also made great strides in Switzerland. It`s expected that in 2020 the gradual replacement of FM with DAB + will begin across Switzerland, according to radioszene.de. (You can read more about it here.) As of last August, 53% of all radio listening in Switzerland is digital, taking listening numbers ahead of analog for the first time. "At work and at home, listeners now clearly favor digital radio ahead of FM," according to Switzerland`s MCDT.

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Facebook, Nodding to Its Role in Media, Starts a Journalism Project

01-11-17

MIKE ISAAC, NYTIMES

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is increasingly owning up to its role as one of the world’s largest distributors of information by taking more responsibility for the millions of stories that flow through its site.

On Wednesday, the social network made its latest move to acknowledge that role by announcing the Facebook Journalism Project.

The effort calls for the company to forge deeper ties with publishers by collaborating on publishing tools and features before they are released. Facebook will also develop training programs and tools for journalists to teach them how to better search its site to report on news and events. And Facebook wants to help train members of the public to find news sources they trust, while fighting the spread of fake news across its site.

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