Public Media Company, WGBH Business Unit to Launch Public Media Purchasing Service

CPB is backing a cooperative purchasing service for public broadcasters in an effort to reduce costs and eliminate duplicative procurement work among stations. Public Media Company and WGBH’s business services unit will run the service. CPB is providing $250,000 for the venture, which is a first in public media. Details of the initiative will be discussed at PBS TechCon in Las Vegas, said a WGBH

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FCC Authorizes Next Generation TV Broadcast Transmission Standard

(Via FCC News)  The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules to let television broadcasters use the Next Generation broadcast television transmission standard, also called ATSC 3.0, on a voluntary, market-driven basis. The Next Generation TV standard will let broadcasters provide consumers with more vivid pictures and sound, including Ultra High Definition television and superior reception, mobile viewing capabilities, advanced emergency alerts, better accessibility features,

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OTA Broadcasting Donates Zombie to WNET

(Via TVNewsCheck) Spectrum speculator OTA Broadcasting has donated the license and other assets of low-power WEBR-CD New York to noncommercial WNET New York, according to the transfer application filed with the FCC. OTA has also agreed to donate $12,500 to WNET. OTA may need the tax deduction. Earlier this year, it sold the WEBR’s UHF spectrum in the FCC incentive auction for $72.8 million, turning

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FCC Announces the Issuance of Initial Allocation of TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund

DATE: October 16, 2017 The FCC announced the issuance today of an initial allocation of the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund in the total amount of $1 billion to begin to reimburse eligible full power and Class A broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors for their repacking costs. The initial allocation of funds will help stations cover upfront expenditures, equipment down payments, and other charges. As

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We’re 15!

It’s an anniversary year for Public Media Company and we are marveling at all the change that’s taken place since we were formed in 2001 as Public Radio Capital. Public Media Company is the leading non-profit strategic consulting company designed to serve all public media stations who need help acquiring, merging and growing operations to keep our network strong. Since our inception, we’ve worked with

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Presenting Public Media Database Plans at Public Radio Super-Regional Meeting

At the upcoming 2014 Public Radio Super-Regional Meeting, PMC’s Managing Director Dennis Hamilton is a panel member for “The Intersection of Data and Decision-making”. This session will cover the importance of Big Data for public media and the development of the new Public Media Database (PMD). With initial strategic input from eight of the nation’s leading public broadcasters, the comprehensive Database is designed to inform

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Improving Stations in Five Major Markets – CPB’s Station Renewal Project

PMC served as the managing consultant for Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB) Station Renewal Project, a multi-year project to improve the long-term sustainability of stations in major radio markets. Phase I involved a financial and operational review of ten underperforming stations. Phase II involved a multi-year project to improve the long-term sustainability of stations in St. Louis, Boston, Salt Lake City, San Juan and San

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PRC’s Financial Analyst Russ Otten leaves for Shanghai

Boulder, Colo. – Public Radio Capital (PRC) today announces that it is bidding farewell to financial analyst Russ Otten. Additionally, PRC is excited to welcome new staff member Louis Caputo. “While we are sorry to see Russ leave, we are pleased that his work with nonprofit broadcasting media made him stand out as a candidate for Hult International Business School’s top ranked MBA program in

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Trends in Noncommercial Radio Sales: 2012

Public Radio Capital is announcing the release of its analysis of the noncommercial radio sales trends. PRC has prepared this analysis since 2005 for internal distribution and to share with appraisal clients; it will now be available to the greater public media community. Following are highlights from this year’s report: The number of noncommercial radio sales continues to grow; there were 116 licensed noncommercial sales

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New Stations Increase Public Radio’s Audience Share

A review of radio transactions in the top 30 markets indicate that existing operators in eight markets expanded services by acquiring new stations. PRC provided brokerage and consulting services for six* of these eight station acquisitions. In Seattle, KING FM switched from a commercial to a noncommercial classical format as well. The chart takes a snapshot of public radio’s audience share across the top 30

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