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RAIN 3/23: Broadcasters must decide by April 2 whether to take SoundEx/NAB streaming deal
·Mar 23, 07:13 AM
Posted by: Paul Maloney

Eligible broadcasters have until April 2 to notify SoundExchange of their intention to operate under the NAB/SoundExchange streaming royalty agreement (RAIN coverage here). DC-based media attorney Gregg Skall has written a thorough walk-through of the terms of the deal for Radio Business Report. In it he explains the annually-increasing rates, minimum fees, the small broadcaster opt-out option on reporting, payment for past use, and the Aggregate Tuning Hour option. Read Skall’s (pictured) explanation in Radio and Business Report here.

Industry attorney David Oxenford published a detailed explanation earlier this month here. Additionally, the NAB’s own rundown of the deal is here.

Finally, for various industry observers’ takes on the wisdom of the deal, see RAIN here. Of course, WBEB/Philadelphia owner Jerry Lee made his thoughts on the deal known last week when he shut down his station’s popular stream (see RAIN here and here plus Kurt’s blog here.)

JACOBS STUDY: 35% OF PUBLIC RADIO LISTENERS USE NET RADIO WEEKLY

Jacobs Media’s recent survey of public radio listeners found that 35% tune in to Internet radio weekly at least. For AAA public radio formats, the stat jumps to 49%. Additionally, 41% said they listen to a station because it streams online. The study states, “Internet streaming is a significant activity & and plays a role in generating more listening – especially among AAA fans.” For more, check out RBR’s coverage here.

PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL TO SHARE PROGRAMMING VIA WIDGETS

Public Radio International has announced it is offering its programming to bloggers and other web publishers via listening widgets — “dedicated Web-based portable apps (that) serve up audio and headlines and can be replicated and shared indefinitely.” The widgets are available here. The PRI press release says, “The widgets feature an in-page audio player, as well as headlines of PRI stories so listeners can freely embed them on Web sites, blogs, social networks and personalized Web pages. Individuals who subsequently find these newly embedded widgets can ‘grab’ them and perpetuate the free viral distribution.”

PRI produces and distributes programs like “The World,” “The Takeaway” and “This American Life,” and distributes news services like the BBC World Service and Capitol News Connection.

BBC PLANNING ALL-IN-ONE ONLINE RADIOCATCH-UP” PLAYER

The BBC’s Tim Davie, head of audio and music, wants to build a one-stop online player for both BBC programming and commercial shows. “Instead of consumers having to seek out missed radio programmes they would be able to find them in one place. BBC programmes would sit side by side with commercial programmes,” repots Marketing Magazine (here).

PANDORA’S NEW CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER IS JOHN TRIMBLE

Pandora announced today it has hired John Trimble for its new Chief Revenue Officer position. Trimble was most-recently EVP/Ad Sales for Glam Media. He was also SVP at Fox Interactive Media, managing sales initiatives for FIM’s biggest online media properties including MySpace.com, AmericanIdol.com, Fox.com, FOXSports.com and IGN.com.



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