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RNW Note: We regret because of continuing health problems we have had to take a break from publication - and are now considering what may be practicable for the future.
We intend to complete the March backlog so archives are fairly complete until the end of the month but as regards April are continuing to gather information whilst considering whether to cease publication or amend our format...

2012-03-27: BBC to cut 140 news staff next year as part of its DQF (Delivering Quality First) cost savings programme.
2012-03-27: Sirius XM files suit against SoundExchange, which collects statutory performance royalties, claiming that it has violated anti-trusts laws and calling for damages and dissolution of SoundExchange or appointment of independent monitor to ensure compliance with law.
2012-03-27: Australian regulator says it intends to impose new licence conditions on Southern Cross Austereo's 2-DAY FM following broadcast in which breakfast host Kyle Sandilands called a woman journalist a "fat bitter thing", a "fat slag" and a "little troll.".
2012-03-26: Arbitron settles lawsuits in California that alleged its methods used in introducing Portable People Meter ratings discriminated against African-American and Hispanic stations..
2012-03-26: Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Pearce to host dance music show on BBC Radio 2.
2012-03-26: Production starts on seven projects, including three radio series, being assisted with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound & Vision II scheme.
RNW Note Mar 26: Although now back in action it will take us a while to go through the backlog of reports for the past week. We will file these as we can whilst trying to keep abreast of newer reports.
2012-03-22: Industry body Commercial Radio Australia welcomes changes to Australia's Broadcasting Services Act that ease requirements on regional commercial radio broadcasting licensees when there is a change of control.
2012-03-21: Broadcasting Authority of Ireland posts its Broadcasting Services Strategy and opens consultation on its commercial radio licensing plan.
2012-03-20: UTV 2011 revenues up 2% on 2010 and operating profit up 3% but overall loss triples because of impairment charges on Republic of Ireland radio assets.
2012-03-20: UK media regulator Ofcom in its latest Broadcast Bulletin upholds no radio complaints although it lists details of two radio Fairness and Privacy complaints not upheld.
2012-03-19: BBC Director General Mark Thompson announces that he is to step down from his post in the autumn (fall).
2012-03-19: Barry Mayo resigns as Radio One Inc.'s President of Radio.
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2012-03-19: US Federal Communications posts its latest Low Power FM proposals including order that includes elimination of third-adjacent channel spacing requirements and revisions of cross-ownership rules to allow cross-ownership of an LPFM station and FM translator stations.
2012-03-18: Look at licence and regulatory news of the past week.
RNW Note: We will be filing reports for the weekend but have opted to give later reports more priority.
2012-03-16: BCE Inc (Bell Canada) agrees CAD 3.38 billion takeover of Astral Media.
2012-03-15: Radio One Inc. radio revenues fall by 9.4% in final quarter.
2012-03-14: Canadian Broadcast Standards Council rules that discussion suggesting relationship terms such as "I just want sex" and references to status as "just a blowjob" or "just fellatio" did not breach Canadian codes.
2012-03-14: Emmis calls special meeting to vote on plans to strip Preference Shareholders of millions in unpaid dividends and authorize reverse stock split to keep NASDAQ listing.
2012-03-14: Saga Communications final quarter revenues down 3.6% on year earlier but full 2011 revenues essentially flat compared to 2010.
2012-03-13: Arbitron in preliminary release of RADAR 112 national radio listening report says the medium's audience held steady compared to a year ago with a weekly audience of 241.2 million listeners - actually down from 241.6 million with US population increase estimated at around 2.2 million over the year.
2012-03-12: Cumulus revenues in final quarter down 5.6% - down 4% excluding impact of acquisition of Citadel and the three-quarters of Cumulus Media Partners it did not own.
2012-03-11: Look at licence and regulatory news of the past week.
2012-03-09: US Federal Communications Commission proposes penalties totalling USD 25,000 on South Carolina AM.
2012-03-08: US Federal Communications Commission imposes or proposes penalties totalling just under USD 50,000 for operation of unlicensed transmitters and other rule breaches.
2012-03-08: Rush Limbaugh denies loss of advertisers and accuses Washington Post blogger of posting "Out-and-Out Lie."
2012-03-08: Journal Broadcast to pay USD 11.8 million for two Tulsa stations it is buying from Renda Broadcasting Corporation.
2012-03-07: Entravision final quarter 2011 revenues down 1% on a year earlier (radio was down 6%) with full year revenues down 3% but 2010 impairment charges mean net loss is reduced for both periods.
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