Public Radio Overtakes Public TV

While both public radio and television revenue have grown in recent years, radio’s higher growth rate has led to public radio revenue overtaking public TV’s revenue for the first time ever (based on Non-federal Financial Support (NFFS) data from CPB). It is easy to see why when you compare the revenue growth rates of public radio stations with public television stations since 2008. Public...

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Know the Value of Your License

An FCC broadcast license is considered an indefinite-life intangible asset. We are noticing that more public broadcasting stations are leveraging the market value of their license(s) in financing projects or attracting philanthropic support. Whether the license was gifted decades ago or purchased recently, noncommercial educational radio and TV stations have a value. If you are interested in getting a fair market valuation of your...

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Public Media Group Launches to Grow Broadcasters’ Services and Revenue Streams

PMG is dedicated to building and operating a technology infrastructure system that powers broadcasters as the industry moves toward ATSC 3.0 and beyond Public Media Group (PMG) has just been launched to transform broadcast technology infrastructure and ensure broadcasters are able to leverage the full power — and revenue opportunities — of next generation broadcasting standards (Next Gen TV). As broadcast standards advance and...

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Courting Future Business Models: Are Public Media and Scrappy Startups the Next Trend for Mergers?

FROM THE NIEMAN JOURNALISM LAB: In these potential pre-recession days, everyone is watching consolidations and combinations (and private equity purchases). But what about mergers — between public media and spry startups that keep the teams intact and the mission of impactful journalism alive? Colorado Public Radio’s scooping up Denverite from the promising Spirited Media flashed extra bright on much of Media Twitter’s radar, as it also signaled the end of Spirited...

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New England Public Radio and WGBY Television Join Together to Create New England Public Media

Public Media Company helped plan and facilitate this innovative collaboration between New England Public Radio and WGBY Television, which will provide valuable service to Western Massachusetts. Public Media Company worked closely with license holder WGBH to develop the plan to expand capacity for journalism and multi-platform content across the state. Springfield, Mass., (April 11, 2019) – New England Public Radio and WGBY Public Television...

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For Sale: A Public Broadcasting Station Near You?

FROM JAN SCHAFFER, CPB OMBUDSMAN REPORTS: Last month, Alaska’s Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed ending all state funding for public broadcasting, He is seeking to save $3.6 million to help close a $1.6 billion budget deficit. For the state’s 27 public radio stations, which provide emergency alerts as well as community news, it would be a double whammy. Even with extra federal support for their...

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NJTV News and NJ Spotlight Join Forces as WNET Acquires NJ Spotlight

Public Media Company served as a key advisor and facilitator of this acquisition, and believes it will provide great service to the residents of New Jersey. Underlining the importance of strong local news, this unique pairing of public television with an independent online news site will reach more residents and have greater impact. FROM NEW JERSEY PUBLIC MEDIA: Furthering its commitment to New Jersey...

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ATSC 3.0 One Year On: Are Broadcasters Ready?

FROM TV TECHNOLOGY: A year after the FCC gave U.S. broadcasters the green light to deploy ATSC 3.0, stations are ramping up their efforts to make the Next Gen TV standard a reality by 2020. Last month’s announcement of support from prominent station groups illustrated how far efforts have come in the past 12 months. At NAB Show New York, executives from Fox Television...

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Public Media Company, Michigan State University and WKAR Announce Plans for “Next Gen TV” Test Station

Boulder, Colo. (June 28) — In collaboration with Michigan State University and WKAR, Public Media Company is excited to announce the launch of an experimental Next Gen TV broadcasting station. This is the first ATSC 3.0 test station by a public media station and will be designed to explore the potential of Next Gen TV to build stronger communities through education, news and information,...

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Public Media Company Hires Kristina Cushing de Recinos as Director, Public Media Venture Group

Public Media Company is pleased to announce that Kristina Cushing de Recinos has joined Public Media Company to lead its “Next Generation TV” initiatives, including the Public Media Venture Group, a coalition of 25 public media television licensees representing 97 stations that reach 199 million Americans. Public Media Venture Group member stations are committed to working together and investing collaboratively in Next Generation TV...

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