The Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act draft will be discussed at a legislative hearing scheduled for Thursday. The proposed bill would increase fines for piracy, as areas including New York City and Boston continue to struggle with radio pirates.
The deadline for broadcasters to opt in to allow the Radio Music License Committee to make a licensing agreement with SESAC for them is March 31. Under the deal, broadcasters will be exempt from filing music use reports and will have to obtain only one licensing agreement instead of three.
CBS has tentatively set the date for the "60 Minutes" interview with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, sources say. The interview, which will detail Daniels' allegations of an affair with President Donald Trump that began in 2006, is to broadcast March 25, the sources say.
Broadcast, cable and streaming networks interrupted their scheduled programming to provide coverage of the bridge collapse in Miami, Fla., recently. The incident occurred on the bridge connecting Florida International University to a residential area, trapping cars and leading to several deaths and hospitalizations.
Commissioner Michael O'Rielly of the Federal Communications Commission opened up about issues the FCC is focusing on. O'Rielly discussed the effects of illegal broadcasting, the progress of AM revitalization and the role broadcasters played after the false missile alert in Hawaii.
More than 24% of adults surveyed in the US and Canada said they had access to voice search, but only about half of those people use it, a TiVo survey finds. Accessibility to the feature has grown 13.5 percentage points over the past two years, and more than 20% of survey respondents without voice search said they were interested in the feature.
All major networks will have stand-alone streaming services by 2022, Diffusion Group research states. Subscriptions are expected to increase to almost 50 million by then.
Walt Disney on Wednesday announced that it will be reorganizing into four divisions. A direct-to-consumer unit was announced as part of the restructure, with Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Mayer named as head of the division.
CNN's Chris Cuomo will be moving to a prime-time slot permanently this spring, the network announced. Cuomo will step down from his role as co-host of "New Day" and will be replaced by John Berman.