Local Choice Sure Isn't The Logical Choice
Aug 19, 2014

The latest retrans reform plan advocating an a la carte system of payment by cable subs for broadcast channels would harm broadcasters and I'm not sure it benefits anybody other than some small cable operators. A better solution is for Congress to pass a law saying that if pay TV operators and broadcasters cannot agree on a retrans fee, the matter would be settled by so-called pendulum arbitration — just like in baseball.
By Harry A. Jessell, TVNewsCheck

Why are Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) picking on broadcasters?

The bipartisan duo is behind the Local Choice proposal floated on Capitol Hill last week. Instead of negotiating retransmission consent fees from pay TV operators, broadcasters would hawk their signals directly to subscribers at prices they set. Consumers would choose which signals they want, while pay TV operators manage the transaction and collect the fees for the broadcasters. It would apply only to stations that want to get compensation for carriage. Stations would still be able to opt for must-carry — mandated distribution to all subscribers with no fees attached. READ MORE

Aug 19, 2014

Sammy Hagar will host the event traditionally held in the Roundhouse in Camden, London. This year the awards will be in America for the first time, November 4, at the Avalon, Hollywood's historic nightclub and music venue. Pictured here at a press reception at the British Consul's Residence are (L-R) Gary Krantz, president/CEO of KMG Networks (the U.S. radio rights holder); Cynthia Fox, air personality, KSWD-FM "The Sound", L.A.; and Sammy Hagar. This is the 10th year the awards are being held.

U.S. radio listeners will be able to vote on their Classic Rock radio stations’ websites, via a sponsored digital banner which will be made available by Krantz Media Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) and digital partners TUNEGENIE and Classics Du Jour. AdLarge Media will be exclusively responsible for radio advertising sponsorship sales. Fans can also vote for their favourite Classic Rock radio station. Radio station winners will be recognized in the Major Market, Medium Market, and Small Market categories. More details on U.S. listener voting will be provided shortly. Voting will close on Wednesday, October 22.

Check out highlights from past Classic Rock Awards HERE

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