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Digital ad dollars to boom in 2016 political ad cycle

August 18, 2015 12:41 pm

The cool kid on the political advertising block is digital. But for all the headlines, digital will only break the billion dollar mark for the first time in the 2015/2016 presidential year cycle, according to a forecast by research firm Borrell Associations. Search, social media and digital [...]

Report: Political advertising to hit record $16.5 billion in 2015-2016

August 18, 2015 8:02 am

Political advertising is forecast to hit a record $16.5 in the two-year Presidential election cycle, according to a new report from Borrell Associates. Half of the spending will go to local elections, including governor races, ballot initiatives, state and city races. In 2016 alone, candidates [...]

Groups to DOJ: ASCAP BMI consent decrees provide important safeguards

August 17, 2015 6:34 pm

A group of 10 hospitality, tech and broadcast groups warned the Department of Justice that weakening the performance rights consent decrees covering ASCAP and BMI would harm both consumers and individual songwriters. The members of MIC (Music.Innovation.Consumers) Coalition also urged the DOJ to [...]

FCC votes unanimously to deny auction credits to Dish

August 17, 2015 5:31 pm

In a setback for Dish’s spectrum strategy, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to deny the $3.3 billion in auction credits to two small wireless companies in which Dish had a financial interest. Dish’s participation in the AWS-3 auction was widely criticized when it was [...]

Dish and Sinclair avert blackout; continue negotiations

August 16, 2015 7:36 am

Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed to a “short-term contract extension,” giving the parties more time to come to terms over a carriage deal affecting 5 million Dish subscribers. The original contract between Dish and Sinclair was set to expire midnight Saturday. For now, [...]

Retrans fireworks: Dish files FCC complaint against Sinclair

August 15, 2015 8:23 am

Just as the Federal Communications Commissions begins to open up its Congressionally-mandated proceeding on retransmission consent negotiations, Dish and Sinclair Broadcast Group are giving the agency something to chew on. Dish filed a complaint with the FCC Saturday, accusing Sinclair of refusing [...]

T-Mobile to turn on FM radio chip in future smartphones

August 14, 2015 5:35 pm

The details are sketchy, but the tweet is unequivocal. T-Mobile will #sayyestoFMchip and will push its cell phone suppliers to turn on the mobile phone’s built in capability to receive over-the-air FM radio stations. Hey @NextRadioApp – We heard you! We’re saying yes to FM chip and [...]
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