Localism

In exchange for obtaining a valuable license to operate a broadcast station using the public airwaves, each radio and television licensee is required by law to operate its station in the “public interest, convenience and necessity.” This means that it must air programming that is responsive to the needs and problems of its local community of license. In addition, how other media facilitate community discussions.

Sinclair insiders are sounding the alarm about its plans to transform local news

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Current and former Sinclair employees, union representatives, and media experts have been speaking out in investigative reports about the damage Sinclair is doing to the public’s trust in local news, from Baltimore to Seattle and most recently in Providence

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The Worst Merger Yet

The more people learn about the frenzied Big Media-Wall Street rush to consolidate our communications ecosystem into a playground for monopolists-on-the-make, the more they dislike what they see. For example, a recent poll shows two-thirds of us are opposed to competition-busting transactions like AT&T and Time Warner, almost equally divided among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

What a hurricane tells us about local news

Location:
Houston, TX, United States

In Houston, local journalists were leading the effort to inform people on the ground, explaining how to get rescued, where to go and what to do. What if they hadn’t been there?

Looking at the record of the Sinclair Broadcast Group megamerger

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Federal Communications Commission has before it the question of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media. It is a major decision, since the resulting broadcast behemoth would hold as many as 233 local television stations reaching into more than 70 percent of American homes.

Sinclair Broadcasting – and 2 Maine TV stations – under fire for pro-Trump segments

Location:
Portland, ME, United States

Marc McCutcheon of South Portland was watching WGME’s evening newscast as he has for half a century when something came on that shocked him ...

An audacious 5G power (pole) grab

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Telecommunications companies are preparing to roll out the next generation of wireless networks, dubbed “5G,” which promise an enormous increase in capacity and connectivity. These networks not only will increase competition in broadband, they are a key enabling technology for a host of advanced products and services. They also represent a gateway to better economic opportunities in inner-city areas that are underserved by broadband today.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to deploy $1 Million Bezos gift, its largest ever, on local level

Location:
Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22209-2211, United States
Recommendation:
2

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and the Washington Post’s owner, is giving $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Coda Study: Viewers Trust, Believe Local TV News

Recommendation:
2

While national news outlets continue to debate the “fake news” controversy, new evidence confirms that consumers are not questioning the veracity of their local television newscasts, sports reports, weather forecasts and traffic updates.

Robert Bennett, Broadcaster Who Charted a New Course at WCVB

Location:
Newport Beach, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Robert Bennett, who guided the transformation of a Boston television station into an uncommon font of original programming and went on to run the nation’s largest broadcast station group, died on Nov 29 in Newport Beach CA. He was 89.

An Auction That Could Transform Local Media

Location:
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ, 07960, United States
Recommendation:
2

With the demand for wireless broadband growing, the Federal Communications Commission is auctioning off a big chunk of the public airwaves. Billions of dollars are likely to change hands, a windfall that could transform local media across the country.

The Future of Local Internet Choice

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

I am honored to receive the National Champion for Local Internet Choice Award. And I am humbled to be recognized alongside the other award winners, each of whom have been ...

FM Stations That Don’t Reach Far, but Reach Deep

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Nearly 2,000 FM stations across the country have received new licenses from the Federal Communications Commission over the last two years.

Sprint’s innovative plan to boost cell service runs into local hurdles

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sprint wants to install low-power cellular antennas in public rights of way, land typically holding utility poles, street lamps and fire hydrants. In places where it can’t strap antennas to existing poles, it wants to erect new poles.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News Donated To Non-Profit Institute In Effort To Preserve Independent Journalism

Location:
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Recommendation:
4

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest -- the owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and the website Philly.com -- has donated the news organizations to a newly created non-profit institute called the Institute for Journalism in New Media, a subsidiary of the Philadelphia Foundation.

FCC's LP Spectrum Grab Is A Study In Ugly

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
2

When the Federal Communications Commission puts beachfront UHF spectrum up for auction to wireless companies, it will, in part, be selling bandwidth that was offered voluntarily and acquired legally when it attempts to kick-off the reverse auction on March 29, 2016. But it will also be selling bandwidth it will have simply usurped from entrepreneurs, local communities and even churches that use it to provide free over-the-air local low-low power TV without any form of compensation.

Big bang: The coming upheaval in local TV

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

We could see TV broadcast stations shut down in markets across the country. Where there were five over-the-air stations, there may be only three, two or even one left. Many stations may choose to switch to airing on cable. Cord-cutters will be forced to subscribe to catch the local news. Other stations may go to streaming.

How the FCC's TV spectrum auction could play out in San Antonio

Location:
San Antonio, TX, United States
Recommendation:
1

To see how the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction might play out in local markets, let’s examine San Antonio, Texas.

What is localism and does it still matter?

Location:
TVFreedom.org, Washington, DC, 20091, United States
Recommendation:
1

What is localism and does it still matter?

Like Politics, Television Should Remain Local

Location:
NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

Former Speaker Tip O’ Neil said it best, “All politics is local.” The framers of the Communications Act understood this fundamental fact and licensed broadcast stations to specific local communities. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have created a system that emphasizes local service including the need to have outlets for local political candidates and self-expression. Given this time-honored federal policy, it is disturbing to see that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to eliminate rules which serve as a lynchpin of America's irreplaceable system of local television.

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Recap of House Communications Subcommittee Hearing "Broadcasting Ownership in the 21st Century"

On Sept 25, the House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing titled, "Broadcasting Ownership in the 21st Century".

Broadcasters Storm FCC Over Exclusivity Proposal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Broadcasters have been putting on a full court press at the Federal Communications Commission to try to dissuade the commissioners from following FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's lead by eliminating broadcast exclusivity rules, according to the National Association of Broadcasters and FCC documents.

Local TV Creates Hurdle to Streaming

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The big networks and their affiliates are wrangling over which of them will be the ones to negotiate with the new generation of direct-to-consumer streaming services, and what each side’s split of monthly subscription fees should be. The networks have argued that they are the ones these new entrants should be dealing with. But affiliates have long negotiated their own carriage deals directly with cable and satellite-TV providers, and they aren’t all willing to cede this power in the digital realm.

Making it big in China requires a large measure of localization

Location:
China, China
Recommendation:
2

Can a US consumer Internet company ever make it big in China? That question, which has long dogged Silicon Valley, is starting to take on the urgency of a strategic imperative.

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Benton Foundation Accepts The Dirk Koning-George Stoney Award

Personally, as you can imagine, and for all of us at the Benton Foundation, 2015 has been a rough year. But the outpouring of love and support we’ve received from all corners has been amazing. Charles Benton would have been so thrilled to realize how many lives he touched and impacted. And I am so honored to be here with you all to accept The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Award.

NAB: Exclusivity Is Lynchpin of Localism

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The National Association of Broadcasters says it can't figure out why the Federal Communications Commission is branding the syndicated exclusivity and network non-duplication rules old regulations in need of scrapping, but doesn't view other rules whose absence could help broadcasters in the same light.

Free Internet in parks? Council prepares wish list for Comcast

Location:
Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19107, United States
Recommendation:
1

City Council may not be invited to the bargaining table where Philadelphia (PA) officials and Comcast executives are working out a new 15-year franchise agreement. But the legislative chamber is nonetheless making known its wish list of what it hopes Comcast can deliver.

Hispanic TV group asks FCC to broker carriage deal with DirecTV

Location:
ZGS Communications, 2000 N 14th Street, Arlinton, VA, 22201, United States
Recommendation:
2

ZGS Communications, a Hispanic-owned broadcaster with 9 Spanish-language Telemundo affiliates in some of the nation’s largest markets, told the Federal Communications Commission that DirecTV has “systematically denied” the group carriage on its service.

Eisner Brings His Media Expertise to Local TV Markets

Location:
Tornante, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Eisner sees opportunity in an area that’s considered television’s biggest backwater: original shows aired by local stations, mostly during the day.

Tribune Publishing completes purchase of U-T San Diego

Location:
San Diego, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Tribune Publishing , the parent company of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, has completed its purchase of the U-T San Diego from real estate magnate Doug Manchester. Tribune paid $85 million in cash and stock for the U-T, eight community weeklies and related websites. U-T San Diego and the Los Angeles Times will share content and other resources.

Public TV Groups Seek FCC Help for DBS Carriage

Location:
Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE), Columbia, SC, 29250, United States
Recommendation:
1

Two groups representing public and state-run television stations have told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency may have to step in to push satellite-TV providers to provide noncommercial TV networks to more of their subscribers.

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