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Research: Radio Found To Be Trustworthy Among Fans Of All Media

Throughout the pandemic, radio broadcasters were forced to reinvent how they create programming, engage with audiences and keep the entertainment, companionship and critical information flowing to their local communities. During that process, radio earned people's trust, according to recent survey data from MRI-Simmons.

A Katz analysis of the latest MRI-Simmons COVID-19 Consumer Insights Study data finds radio is the most trusted medium, with 67% of adults deeming it trustworthy, or very trustworthy. Radio narrowly edges out newspapers (66%), and surpasses both network TV (62%) and cable TV (61%) in trustworthiness. READ MORE...

Public TV’s Early Adopters Prepare to Put ATSC 3.0 Plans Into Action

For several years now, broadcasters have been awaiting the real-world arrival of Next Gen TV, the new ATSC 3.0 digital TV transmission standard. Its promises of more robust home and mobile reception, increased data capacity, greater interactivity and improved picture quality have been topics of countless panel discussions, white papers and experimental broadcasts.

With rollout slowed in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, “ATSC 3,” its shorthand name among engineers, is poised to move closer to real-world implementation in 2021. READ MORE...

How Ratings King CPR News Is Surviving the Pandemic

In addition to its horrific human toll, the COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for nonprofits that rely on donations and grants to remain afloat. Somehow, though, Colorado Public Radio has survived and even thrived during the pandemic, with its CPR News branch topping the Denver-area ratings in 2020 in two of the largest and most important audience categories during the all-important morning drive period.

But Stewart Vanderwilt, CPR's president and CEO, stresses that it hasn't been easy. READ MORE...

NPR Cuts Top Digital Role in Larger Reorganization

NPR is reorganizing its digital and research teams and eliminating its top digital officer position, CEO John Lansing said in an email to station leaders.

The plan will “embed” staffers from NPR’s Digital Media and Research, Archives, and Data Strategy teams “into divisions across the organization,” Lansing said in the Jan. 12 email. The reorganization will not involve staff layoffs, he said. READ MORE...

Clubhouse Is the Anti-Twitter

Clubhouse, the exclusive group-voice-chat app that launched last year to fanfare from the venture capital set, erupted into the headlines this week when Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped in for conversations with other tech luminaries. READ MORE...

FCC Petitioned to Restore Net Neutrality Rules

INCOMPAS, whose members include competitive carriers and computer companies, has petitioned the FCC to restore its net neutrality rules.

In a petition for reconsideration, the association told the FCC that it needs to reclassify internet access services (ISPs) as Title II telecommunications service--subject to common carrier rules--and reissue the rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, which were eliminated by the FCC under chairman Ajit Pai. READ MORE...

NPR Launches Station Investigations Team As Part Of Collaborative Journalism Network

The new investigations team, led by Cheryl W. Thompson, an award-winning investigative reporter and 22-year veteran of The Washington Post who joined NPR in 2019, will work with stations to report ambitious investigative projects. The team, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will include a producer and a data editor who will advise reporters who'd like technical help with skills such as data collection and analysis and freedom of information requests. READ MORE...

PMDMC Goes Virtual Again

This summer's Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC) will again be virtual, due to vaccine uncertainties and travel constraints. PMDMC will be creating a focused event with more connection and networking opportunities, powerful keynotes, and relevant sessions that address your daily challenges. READ MORE...