How To Make Ownership More Diverse? Broadcasters Tell FCC It Comes Down To Money.

Familiar problems of tight-fisted lenders and new hurdles brought by the coronavirus, and the recent focus on racial justice dominated much of the conversation Friday as the FCC’s Diversity Advisory Committee put the focus on broadcast ownership. The daylong symposium was held virtually, a reflection of the current situation with COVID-19. Beasley Broadcast Group CEO […]

NAB’s Smith: ‘Time to Acknowledge the Election of Joe Biden’

President Donald Trump still refuses to concede the election WASHINGTON—After days of news coverage of mail-in votes across multiple states being tallied, broadcasters and media officially called the 2020 presidential election for former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is now the president-elect and set to take office as the 46th president on Jan. 20, 2021. […]

In Point Reyes, all ears stay glued to local radio, a beacon amid the fog of fire

POINT REYES STATION, Calif. — With evacuation warnings still in place, smoke from back burn fires drifted out of the oaks and pines above the tiny town of Point Reyes Station in Marin County on Friday, mixing with thick, coastal fog until the two were indistinguishable to most people. But Amanda Eichstaedt, general manager of […]

Why TV Dominates Political And How Adding Radio Can Reach More Voters

TV will once again reap the largest piece of political advertising this year, according to forecasters. But rather than trying to convince media buyers to buy radio in place of TV, broadcasters are embracing a strategy of adding radio to a TV buy to deliver more of what campaigns want: registered voters. An analysis from […]

NAB, Others Urge Hill to Fund Tower Crew Training

Say it is key to 5G and ATSC 3.0 buildouts and closing digital divide Facing 5G wireless buildouts, broadcast next gen (ATSC 3.0) buildouts and the C-band transition, communications associations are pushing Congress to pass legislation to help train the workforce that is needed for those infrastructure deployments. That came in a letter to congressional […]

Nadler: Journalism industry ‘gravely threatened’ by Google, Facebook

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said that the American journalism industry was “gravely threatened” by the growing dominance of Facebook and Google, claiming that the tech giants’ power was presenting a “dangerous situation” for the future of news. “Reporters have been fired, local newspapers have been shut down and now we hear that Google and […]

More Lawmakers Push For Financial Aid For Broadcasters

Did you know there was a Broadcasters Caucus in Washington? If not, you do now. Several members of that Caucus have sent a letter to the House and Senate leadership pushing for financial relief for broadcasters. Representative Tom Emmer (left) of Minnesota and Representative Brendan Boyle from Pennsylvania, who co-chair the Broadcasters Caucus, sent a […]

Univision serves as lifeline to disengaged Latinos

On Friday the thirteenth of March, Lourdes Torres, the senior vice president of political coverage at Univision News, traveled from Miami to Washington, DC. Her team was to cohost, along with CNN, the first virtual presidential debate in United States history. Nearly two thousand Americans had already tested positive for the novel coronavirus; more than forty […]

Ajit Pai Says FCC Is Looking For Ways To Help Radio Weather COVID-19.

Ajit Pai brought a positive review of how broadcasters are responding to the coronavirus pandemic from the Federal Communications Commission to the NAB Show Express on Wednesday. “It’s been incredible,” said Pai, who had been scheduled to appear at the Las Vegas conference but instead spoke in a two-way video session with National Association of […]

FEMA Effort Provides Masks to Broadcasters

State associations are the conduit; NAB is helping coordinate An effort is underway to distribute washable cotton masks to essential employees of U.S. broadcasters, those responsible for maintaining operational continuity of operations, during the coronavirus pandemic. In Georgia, members of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters received an email this week that stated, “FEMA is providing every broadcast facility […]