In Aftermath of Spectrum Auction, Even Stations That Sat Out Could Benefit

By PMC CEO Marc Hand, writing in Current: Despite eye-popping windfalls for some stations, the FCC broadcast spectrum auction was a disappointment for public media. Here’s why: Prior to the start of the auction, the prevailing wisdom was that the forward auction would generate anywhere between $30 billion and $60 billion in gross proceeds. Some experts were even more bullish — predicting numbers of...

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Public Media Company CEO Speaks to PBS TechCon About ATSC 3.0

The new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard won’t wash your car, fold your laundry or provide tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers. Beyond that, though, broadcasters attending PBS TechCon are being promised a wide array of benefits from the next-generation digital TV system that’s a focus of this year’s convention. “There is really a significant opportunity for increased service,” Public Media Company CEO Marc Hand told a...

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FCC Spectrum Auction and Channel Sharing

As we transition from the FCC spectrum auction and the FCC auction quiet period, public television stations may face unique and interesting post-auction opportunities that could allow them to improve their service, generate additional revenue, or both. To take advantage of these opportunities, however, public television stations will need to move quickly: Broadcasters will have until sometime in mid-July to file their construction permit...

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TV Broadcasters Get Another Shot at Leveraging Channels Into Cash

“The FCC’s incentive auction may not have resulted in the jackpot payday that some television broadcasters hoped for, but public broadcasters could still benefit financially through channel-sharing deals. By working out agreements to share their channels with other noncommercial and commercial broadcasters that did succeed in selling their spectrum, public TV stations have a post-auction opportunity to earn money. The nonprofit consulting firm Public...

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Next Generation Digital Television: New Pathways to Grow Service

As a result of our ATSC 3.0 meetings for station leaders, we have issued a full report on this important, emerging broadcast technology, “Next Generation Digital Television: New Pathways to Grow Service.” In addition, Public Media Company has created a new “ATSC 3.0 Resource Center”, a curated collection of links, articles and related commentary. Topics include an ATSC 3.0 technology overview, timing and transition,...

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Colorado Public Radio Expands Broadcast Reach and Geographic Makeup of CPR News

CPR was represented in the following transaction by Public Media Company: Colorado Public Radio (CPR) today announced plans to broaden the geographic makeup of its newsroom and expand the broadcast reach of its news service (CPR News) along the Front Range. Both efforts build on CPR’s organizational vision to be a statewide news and information resource for the entire Colorado community. The geography of...

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Rhode Island Public Radio to Acquire License From UMass Dartmouth

Public Media Company represented RIPR throughout its negotiations with U Mass Dartmouth, and also prepared the financial analysis for the transaction. Congrats to both! “Rhode Island Public Radio will expand its reach within the state and into southeastern Massachusetts with the acquisition of a signal from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. RIPR now broadcasts on three frequencies in its state. The purchase of...

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Upcoming ATSC 3.0 Meeting for Station Leaders

Join our upcoming meeting for station leaders on emerging ATSC 3.0 broadcasting technology. Our next session will be in Las Vegas, NV, November 9th & 10th. Space is still available, so please email us at info@publicmedia.co if you are interested in attending. And a big thanks to everyone who attended our first two sessions in Baltimore and Detroit!...

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TV Spectrum Auction Enters Next Stage With New Bidding, Lower Prices

The first stage of the FCC reverse auction of television spectrum concluded as many analysts had predicted: Sellers’ opening bid prices were more than $60 billion higher than what the forward auction buyers were willing to pay. We believe it’s unlikely that the second stage of the auction will succeed at matching sellers’ prices to buyers’ offers. The reverse auction, which adjusts to lower...

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New Owners and Operators in the State of New Jersey

Public Media Company assisted the State of New Jersey to implement the State of New Jersey Broadcast Act, which mandated outsourcing the operation of the state’s public television network and selecting buyers for the state’s public radio stations. PMC was hired as financial advisor to help write the requests for proposals, evaluate potential candidates and assist as a consultant during final negotiations. New York’s...

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