A team of subcontractors on Thursday were working to complete repack work on KOZK-21's tower in Springfield, Mo., when the tower collapsed. Structural reinforcements were being added to the tower when it collapsed; 56-year-old Stephen LaMay died in the accident, and several other people were injured.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., was honored for his work on the Music Modernization Act at a Grammys on the Hill event, prompting the National Association of Broadcasters to fire back with updates on the Local Radio Freedom Act. The NAB-backed LRFA has attracted four new supporters in the House, bringing the number of backers to 225.
Local station WRAL-TV out of Raleigh, N.C., has been experimenting with new ways to present the local news to draw in younger viewers and create new revenue streams. Recent initiatives include providing over-the-top coverage of the Rev. Billy Graham after the reverend died and experimenting with augmented and virtual reality technologies.
The National Association of Broadcasters is continuing to urge the Federal Communications Commission to change ownership cap rules and extend the UHF discount to VHF stations. In its arguments in favor of reforming the regulations, NAB targeted pay-TV providers' accusations of excessive retrans bargaining power.
Exhibits and panels at NAB Show last week explored real-world use cases for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Nikon's Jon Roberts demonstrated an AI-driven robotic system at the event, while Tom Ohanian discussed the three phases of deploying artificial intelligence.
Executives from AT&T and Time Warner testified recently that the companies need to merge to keep up with tech giants such as Facebook and Google. AT&T's data capabilities would help Time Warner better serve consumers, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said.
Former FBI Director James Comey has kicked off his media tour for his book, "A Higher Loyalty." While Comey seemed to get off to a rocky start, he seems to be getting better at delivering his message, such as by integrating personal details during a "Good Morning America" segment and sipping wine on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," writes Brian Lowry.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a method of separating fiberglass and resin as part of the smartphone recycling process, which should enable recycling companies to reduce the amount of waste discarded. Separated fiberglass can be used as a construction or insulation material, said Ph.D. student Amit Kumar, who co-developed the process.
Nielsen Watch research shows that consumers who viewed relevant ads on Twitter were 23% more likely to subsequently watch football games on television. The study also reviewed BET's joint Twitter and TV campaign for the "Hip Hop Awards," which resulted in those who were exposed to ads on both channels being more likely to watch the show than those who only saw the television ads.