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John Eggerton

Round 15: Bidders KO 1st Auction Benchmark

After 15 rounds and eight days, the forward portion of the FCC's spectrum auction has met one of two benchmarks for closing the auction. With $16,391,244,000 bid in the latest round (which translates to  a net $15.730 billion minus bidding credits and discounts), they have exceeded the $15,896,290,987 total the FCC set as the minimum bid price at this clearing target and all clearing targets...

Nat Geo, Discovery Nominated for Streamy Awards

National Geographic and Discovery have both snagged nominations in the new Virtual Reality and 360° Video category of the 6th Annual Streamy Awards (from Tubefilter and dick clark productions). ...

National Geographic Plans Day-Long 9/11 Tribute

National Geographic Channel will air a daylong commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks starting at noon Eastern Time on Sept. 11 and leading up to a two-hour "compilation" special, 9/11: The Longest War, airing at 9-11 p.m. ...

AP App Set Up to Deliver Eyeballs to News Outlet Members

The Associated Press has launched a new breaking news app, AP News, for iOS users (iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch) that could help drive traffic to TV station websites. ...

Round 13: FCC's Spectrum Auction Bid Total Nears First Benchmark

The forward part of the FCC's spectrum incentive auction continued to pick up steam Wednesday, with the latest round—round 13—bringing in $15,077,767,000 in bids, which is $14.45 billion net of discounts and bidding credits for various parties (and up over $500 million from the $14,440,301,000/$13.820 generated in round 12). It is also nearing one of two benchmarks for closing the...

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