The annual career-recognition honors will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast on Wednesday, April 22, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
The Tegna Media exec succeeds Charles Warfield. Brian Lawlor elected TV chair and José Valle elected Radio chair.
Marci Burdick, SVP of broadcasting for Schurz Communications, has been named a trustee of NABPAC, the political action committee of the National Association of Broadcasters, it was announced today. “NABPAC plays a leading role in supporting federal candidates who appreciate the broadcast industry and what we do for our local communities on a daily basis,” […]
After 58 years as a family business, Bill Duhamel says it’s time to sell KOTA. “The rapidly consolidating television industry makes it difficult for a single, stand-alone business to remain competitive and to develop the necessary capital to expand into the digital era,” he said. Acquisition-minded Schurz owns 10 other TV stations. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell says that rather than adopting Chairman Genachowski’s plan, he would prefer that stations “aggregate” the spending of individual candidates and PACs and report that on a weekly or daily basis rather than requiring them to put the rates of all political buys on the Web. And colleague Mignon Clyburn says she’s open to persuasion on the matter. For all that’s going on at NAB 2012, click here.
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation honored four news leaders for their commitment to the First Amendment and excellence in journalism at the 22nd Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner last night in Washington. The four honorees were NBC’s Steve Capus, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Schurz Communications’ Marci Burdick and Global Radio’s Jim Bohannon.
The SVP of Schurz Communications says her company’s duopolies benefit not only the stations’ P&Ls, but also their communities. “You can get the back-end efficiencies, but you still have to have robust competitive products for the station to grow long term.” She also explains why Schurz has been quiet in the post-recession station trading market and discusses the success she’s had with Rentrak as a Nielsen alternative.
Hearst’s David Barrett, Barrington’s Chris Cornelius and Schurz’s Marci Burdick give FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell a list of questions they say the commission needs to consider as it proceeds with its review of the retransmission consent process. They also urge the FCC to not approach the whole exercise with the assumption that there is a problem that needs to be fixed.