NCC Media has named Nicolle Pangis as its new president and CEO upon the retirement of Greg Schaefer. Pangis was formerly the chief operating officer at GroupM's [m] Platform, was the global chief operating officer at Xaxis before that and is "armed with premium multi-screen television content, great viewership insights and the scale required to deliver on advertisers needs," said David Kline, president of media sales at Charter Communications.
An estimated 29 million people in America watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET, Fox News drew in more than 1.9 million viewers, CNN had about 1.8 million and MSNBC had 1 million.
Turner has partnered with Accenture to launch over-the-top services, including FilmStruck and Cartoon Network TVE, internationally. Turner is using its own technology, as well as the Accenture Video Solution, for distribution, monetization and digital video management for the international launches.
The Senate commerce committee has advanced legislation to the full Senate that aims to improve broadband in rural areas. The bill calls for federal regulators to establish a national standard that would compare rural service quality with the quality in urban areas.
Frontier Communications declined to accept any of the bids on its landline assets in Florida and has resumed talks with bondholders over its debts, sources say.
Media agency executives and marketers report that they would be inclined to spend only a 7% premium for advertising on TV networks that have reduced ad time, per Advertiser Perceptions. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they wouldn't be willing to spend any extra, and 28% said a 10% premium would be justified.
Broadcast tower manufacturer Stainless recently wrote the Federal Communications Commission, noting that less than 5 percent of TV stations have antennas that are on their repack frequency or ready to broadcast after completion of one-third of the repack construction period. Meanwhile, three antenna erector companies say they are fully booked for work next year and do not believe the July 2020 deadline can be met.
The Federal Communications Commission in a 4-0 vote dismissed a proposal by Prometheus Radio Project to change the rules for FM translator siting. The FCC sided with broadcasters who argued that translators boxing in low-power FMs or limiting their ability to relocate was "speculative at best."