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April 16, 2019

Photo-Trolls Still Target Broadcasters

By Garvey Schubert Barer, P.C. Broadcasters are still being targeted by "photo-trolls" for copyright infringement claims arising from use of photographs on stations' websites. For those unfamiliar with the playbook, photographers engage law firms and technology vendors with sophisticated algorithms to scrape the web for uses of images in their portfolios. The station is then met with the attorney's demand for money under a threat of litigation, typically inflated beyond what the plaintiff could reasonably expect to recover in court, followed by a "cookie cutter" lawsuit in federal court when the demand is refused. A handful of lawyers solicit such clients and are responsible for filing hundreds of nearly identical cases. Some courts have expressed displeasure at the borderline extortionate tactics of these firms. For now, the vast majority of these cases settle out of court with the broadcaster paying to make the claim go away.Read the full article.
April 16, 2019

Bipartisan Co-chairs to Lead House Public Broadcasting Caucus

By Current Four House lawmakers, two Democrats and two Republicans, will co-chair the Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus this session. “The bipartisan nature of this leadership team reflects the bipartisan nature of public support for federal funding of public broadcasting,” said Pat Butler, president of America’s Public Television Stations.
April 16, 2019

PMBA Webinar April 23--FCC Repack: A Financial Perspective

April Webinar--Free to PMBA Members FCC Repack: A Financial PerspectiveApril 23, 2019, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm ET From the towers into the trenches, this webinar will feature actual station experiences from folks on the front lines. Get practical advice about implementation and reimbursement, hear hard-learned lessons, and take away key tips to make your transition a little easier. Join our next PMBA webinar and learn from those who have gone before. This webinar is free to employees at PMBA member stations.   
April 16, 2019

Governance and Accountability: A Different Choice for Nonprofits

By Nonprofit Quarterly Governance is of central concern to nonprofits, yet theories of nonprofit governance are underdeveloped in comparison with corporate governance; and, specifically, it appears that knowledge of governance practices to achieve broadened accountability to multiple and diverse stakeholder groups has lagged. This article aims to expose and question the assumptions and asymmetrical power relations that are often taken for granted in the most normative of the governance theories used by nonprofits.
April 16, 2019

Matt Beiler, Walt Disney Imagineering, to Keynote PMBA's 2019 Annual Conference

PMBA's 2019 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker will be Matt Beiler--a show producer for Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida. He was responsible for achieving, implementing, and maintaining the creative vision throughout the project life cycle for the Satu’li Canteen, Windtraders, and the entire area development of Pandora--the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.Matt began his career with the Walt Disney Company in 2008 as an associate show design and production manager working in Florida. His portfolio of projects includes Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, the Disney Dream, Aulani a Disney Resort and Spa, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, and A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas.
April 16, 2019

To Succeed in Fundraising, Public Radio Needs New Research About Its Audiences

By Current As more news organizations build their business models around subscriptions and soliciting individual donations, the body of research that guides public radio fundraising is overdue for re-examination.Solid audience research played a vital role in guiding public radio’s growth over decades. In the ’80s, research-focused programmers adopted the slogan “Think Audience” to guide their scheduling decisions. Organizations like the Radio Research Consortium and Public Radio Program Directors Association were founded to define and spread best practices in acting on audience research. With that disciplined focus, listener support has become public radio’s single-largest source of funding. By fall 2016, stations had built their total weekly audience to the record-setting level of 37.4 million listeners.
March 13, 2019

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Faster Than You Think. What Will That Mean for Public Radio?

by NiemanLabPicture this: Your car is driving you to work. What do you do? Pull out your phone and start checking emails? Get a novel and start reading? Do you bother to turn on the radio and listen to Morning Edition? When you tell your grandkids one day that back in the day, in the twenty-oughts, you used to listen to the radio on the way to work, will it seem as archaic to them as the idea of a family gathering around a radio to listen at night does now? Why would you listen to a radio in the car if you could have a screen instead?
March 13, 2019

New Home for Colorado Public Media Organizations

by PatchRocky Mountain Public Media broke ground today on the Buell Public Media Center, a multi-purpose building that will house Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO, serving as a center for public media throughout Colorado and a hub of new development in Denver's Arapahoe Square neighborhood.
March 13, 2019

PBS Encourages FCC to Disperse Additional Repack Funds to Stations

by CurrentPBS has asked the FCC to give public broadcasters additional financial assistance for repacking channels without “burdensome” added paperwork.More than 38 million Americans in rural and remote areas watch public television over the air, according to an ex parte letter submitted to the FCC by PBS Assistant General Counsel Talia Rosen. The translators and low-power stations delivering public TV’s signals were initially ineligible for reimbursements for channel repack work following the FCC’s spectrum auction. Wireless provider T-Mobile agreed in June 2017 to cover those costs.  
May 29, 2018

2018 Annual Conference

Save the date for the 2018 PMBA Annual Conference in Long Beach, California, May 29–June 1.