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2/22/2018

Sinclair plans to sell off three Tribune TV stations to fulfill Federal Communications Commission requirements for a merger. WPIX-TV New York, KSWB-TV San Diego and WGN-TV Chicago will be divested, although Sinclair plans to continue operations of WPIX and WGN through options and services agreements with the buyers.

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Variety
2/22/2018

The National Association of Broadcasters and the Broadcast Education Association have again collaborated to share the importance of local media during emergencies, this time highlighting efforts during Hurricane Harvey. See the video here.

2/22/2018

NBC's Winter Olympics have drawn an average of 21.9 million prime-time viewers, landing below the 23.7 million average for the Sochi Games in 2014. The lower ratings reflect the "changing TV landscape," as more people are turning to digital platforms, which are more difficult to assess, says Magna Director of Audience Intelligence Stefanie Morales.

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2/22/2018

NBC's "Today" is getting a boost from the Winter Olympics, winning the ratings race in total viewership and the 25-54 demographic. During the first week of the Games, the show brought in 4.62 million viewers, surpassing the 4.18 million viewers of "Good Morning America" and 3.4 million viewers of "CBS This Morning."

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Deadline Hollywood
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2/22/2018

Senior lenders to iHeartMedia are joining together to create a unified plan as the company's lending grace period ends, sources say. The plan will be pitched to junior lenders this week to get them onboard before the company is possibly forced to file for bankruptcy, the sources say.

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iHeart, iHeartMedia
2/22/2018

Pandora's net loss increased from $343 million in 2016 to $518.3 million in 2017, despite its total revenue increasing. Content acquisition costs rose to $804 million last year, contributing to the loss.

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Radio Ink
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2/22/2018

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte will be unveiling music licensing legislation next month. The package will include the Music Modernization Act, the Classics Act and the AMP Act, sources say.

2/22/2018

SpaceX this morning successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket containing satellites designed to test high-speed broadband technology for unserved areas. A SpaceX executive said significant hurdles remained in deploying the service.

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SpaceX, Elon Musk
2/22/2018

The sheriff of vast Brazos County, Texas, has given the FirstNet emergency services network that AT&T is building high marks for enabling the county to improve its efficiency by working with a single carrier. AT&T's Doug Clark termed the interest from local agencies as "enthusiastic."

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AT&T, Doug Clark
2/22/2018

Qualcomm has brought out the Atheros WCN3998 Wi-Fi chip for mobile devices, supporting previous Wi-Fi generations along with the new IEEE 802.11ax specification and WPA3 encryption. The chip also supports Bluetooth 5.1, routers using the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard and Qualcomm's TrueWireless system.

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The Verge
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