Nielsen said today it would increase the effective sample size of its PPM panel by 10% across the 48 radio markets measured by the electronic ratings service. The sample increase, to be spread across all markets and demographics, will start in mid-2017, creating a panel with more than 80,000 installed meters. Read more
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What Will Impact Radio In Washington This Year
By Frank Saxe
The clock is ticking on the 115th Congress and if its first half accomplishments are any indication, legislation that would impact radio may struggle to gain traction in the coming months. No issue looms larger for radio than a performance royalty and music copyright reform. But unlike in years past, today the radio and record industries are talking.
There’s more than just a potential performance royalty keeping radio’s lobbyists busy. Washington insiders say that although conventional wisdom says not much gets done in an election year, the best chance of a legislative action impacting radio is passage of a bill that would allow stations to tap into the fund paying for the TV spectrum repack.
The elevation of Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission a year ago has delivered a number of regulatory changes that have long been sought by broadcasters as he’s followed through with his pledge to “take a weed whacker” to FCC regulations. Washington insiders think it’s a course Pai will continue down in 2018.
The iHeartMedia trifecta of Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, President of Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes and Chief Programming Officer/National Programming Group President Tom Poleman, share honors with Cumulus Media President/CEO Mary Berner and Entercom Chairman/President/CEO David Field on the Billboard 2020 Power List. The annual list also includes SBS Chairman/CEO Raúl Alarcón Jr., Entercom’s Pat Paxton and Univision’s Jesus Lara. Read more
Programmers from iHeartMedia, Cumulus Media, Entercom and Beasley are among participants for the Programmers Mentoring Breakfast at CRS 2020, February 19-21 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Mentors have also been announced for the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast, along with the Digital and Streaming and Label Mentoring breakfasts. Read more
Radio’s 2019 closed out with more than two dozen call letter changes. The monthly tally from the FCC shows 26 full- and low-power radio stations adopted new call signs, some brought by sales, others by format changes. The list includes some calls that date back nearly 68 years. Read more
WKNY Kingston moving into new location which includes a performance space and community media center… Westwood One’s Jim Gray talks about years of interviewing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady… “Titus and Tate” podcast will be distributed by Westwood One Podcast Network with video on Fox Sports. Read more
John Malone may have eyes for Univision, according to a new report. Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, says the billionaire’s Liberty Global—with the help of Hemisphere Media Group—is considering a bid for Spanish-language broadcaster Univision. Read more