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1/21/2022

National Association of Broadcasters CEO Curtis LeGeyt says his focus as head of the organization is to ensure broadcasting's ongoing viability in the current media landscape by tackling legislative issues and working on business initiatives. "We need your help sharing our story with policymakers - tell them about the issues that you care about and the unique role you play in your community," LeGeyt told broadcasters during an online town hall, urging them to continue lobbying local officials.

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1/21/2022

Didja stated that its LocalBTV service will secure broadcasters' permission to stream their content, a departure from Locast and other organizations that drew strong criticism from the National Association of Broadcasters for ignoring retransmission agreements.

1/21/2022

NBC News is planning fully national coverage of this year's midterm elections and has deployed journalists across the country to cover emerging stories and interview influential people as campaign efforts ramp up. The network is also planning regular midterm-focused specials on its streaming platform as it works to avoid surprises in election results.

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1/21/2022

Clois Glenn Raborn, a radio host in Dallas-Fort Worth, appeared in court yesterday to face charges that he produced child pornography. Raborn's roommate alerted federal authorities about lewd picture featuring a minor in March 2021, and the DJ could face as many as 30 years in prison if convicted.

1/21/2022

Wireless internet service provider Starry now reaches 55,990 homes in affordable and public housing, 88% growth from 2020. The Boston-based company has signed a deal to go public this year.

1/20/2022

President Joe Biden's honesty and collegiality have given many reporters a positive relationship with him, they say, but his schedule and behind-the-scenes style of governing mean he's less available than his predecessors. The journalists note that the White House submits daily briefings, and discuss the high and low emotional points in the administration's first year.

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1/20/2022

Michael Paull, ESPN+ and Disney+ leader, is now Disney Streaming's global president. Disney also created a new division for international programming under Rebecca Campbell and made Joe Earley Hulu's president.

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1/20/2022

The new infrastructure law is putting the spotlight on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and its recently confirmed director Alan Davidson, who will oversee distribution of $48 billion in broadband subsidies. Former agency leaders Larry Irving and David Redl say that accurate maps, relationships with legislators and privacy considerations are key to the process.

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1/20/2022

Viewership for the Magnolia Network reached 3 million when the network made its Jan. 5 debut under Chip and Joanna Gaines, Nielsen reported, and 1.7 people watched the Gaines' "Fixer Upper: Welcome Home" premiere. Magnolia is an updated take on Discovery's former DIY service and a new Discovery+ streaming label.

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1/20/2022

Comcast Technology Solutions is leveraging technology developed by Comcast, Peacock and Sky to launch VideoAI, a managed software-as-a-service feature aimed at helping companies deliver artificial intelligence-powered video services. The tool enables tasks such as content tagging, metadata segmentation, contextual advertising and auto-chaptering.

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