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Broadcaster Briefing
Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations launched the NBC and Telemundo stations’ first-of-its-kind Live Radar in-app feature that allows app users direct access to real-time weather information, based on their location.
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CBS topped Daytime Emmy Awards nominations, racking up a total of 71. Other shows nabbing multiple nominations include ABC’s General Hospital (23) and NBC’s Days of Our Lives (22).
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Gray Television’s annual shareholder meeting will seek the approval — on a non-binding advisory basis — of 2017 compensation for its top 3 executive. The shareholder meeting is also set to see the election of nine members of the TV company’s board of directors.
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Facebook’s live streaming platform has become principal means of breaking stories at E.W. Scripps stations over the past six to nine months, a paradigm shift that has shaken up stations' news workflow.
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The National Association of Broadcasters announced that Fox Television and the CW Network will host meetings with their affiliated television station representatives at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Also, the affiliate boards of directors of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Television will once again hold meetings during the NAB Show.
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Nielsen has renewed its long-term deal with Fox Television Stations to provide audience measurement across the group.
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"This is Us" has proved that there's still no matching broadcast television when it comes to finding the best chance of reaching the biggest audience.
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The annual ranking of the world’s most valuable media brands by Brand Finance is dominated by brands based in the U.S., with the Americans claiming all of the top seven spots—including all of the Big Four networks
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TEGNA is launching a live multi-platform they say “will be the industry’s first live multi-daypart syndicated show, spotlighting the day’s essential stories, information and trending social media content in real-time across multiple screens.”
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ABC News is rolling out an updated Apple TV application, live today, which makes the news division the first to offer a simultaneous multi-stream viewing experience in its tvOS application.
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For the first time in its 42-year history, “Saturday Night Live” will actually be live across the entire country. In a move aimed at boosting the audience for sketch show as its television season winds down, NBC said “SNL” will be time-zone agnostic for its final four episodes
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Nexstar Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group are setting up a spectrum consortium ahead of the finalization of ATSC 3.0 next-generation TV transmission standards.
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Turner, Viacom and Fox Networks Group have announced the launch of OpenAP, a web-based platform where advertisers can mix and match data sets to create ad targeting criteria that can be used for multiple TV buys.
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Fox Networks Group launched a new version of its video app that gives users access to content from the Fox broadcast network, FX and National Geographic Channel. By making more content available and making it easier for viewers to find what they want, traditional media companies like Fox will better be able to compete with streaming competitors like Netflix.
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NBC announced that "Saturday Night Live" is "having its best season in a quarter of a century," and that the network will be airing the sketch show's "Weekend Update" in prime time in the form of four NBC specials.
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With reporters, news media and even the truth under assault, the winners of the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, station groups Hearst and Scripps​, demonstrate that the legacy of the longtime CBS anchor is alive and well.
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After a brief period last year where Telemundo pulled ahead, Univision has regained its lead among adults 18-49 over its rival, but the NBCUniversal Spanish-language network continues to inch closer among total viewers.
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The Local Media Consortium (LMC), a nationwide alliance of local multiplatform media and technology companies, said today that Nexstar Media Group, the second-largest TV station operator in the U.S., has become its latest member.
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The Broadcasters Foundation of America will honor six recipients of the 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards and the Chairman’s Award at the foundation’s on April 26 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show.
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Les Moonves, the CBS Corp. chairman, president and CEO, said that while a battle with the cash-rich digital overlords is all but inevitable, the NFL will very much remain a TV staple.
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The Scripps Howard Awards celebrate excellence in journalism during 2016 in 17 categories, with prize money totaling $180,000. WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana was among those winners.
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A new study from TiVo-owned Digitalsmiths shows that TV viewers would pick ABC and CBS above other channels if given the chance to buy TV service a la carte.
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The Fox TV Group's chair Dana Walden says broadcast “is still a healthy and vibrant business."
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Using the Wirecast technology, Des Moines, Iowa’s Meredith stations are now able to stream breaking news and news-related content directly to Facebook Live.
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Rohde & Schwarz today published a survival guide to help broadcasters successfully navigate relocating to a new channel assignment as part of the FCC’s TV spectrum repack.
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CBS released Nielsen-backed “total content ratings” that measure not only linear TV watching but also viewing by DVR playback and through video on demand. The network said it intends to add viewing done through online and mobile streaming at a later date.
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NBC Universal invested $500 million in Snap Inc. on Thursday as part of the social-media company's initial public offering.
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While 66% of millennials’ total time viewing is still done on a TV set, 23% is via streaming on a TV-connected device and 11% on a PC, smartphone or tablet.
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NBCUniversal is expanding its data-driven advertising business, earmarking $1 billion worth of inventory for targeted campaigns.
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During its fourth quarter earnings call, Nexstar CEO Perry Sook talked about what the station group did immediately after its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General and what the company has in the works for the coming year.
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The sale by Time Warner of WPCH Atlanta to Meredith Corp. tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey.
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Gray Television Wednesday reported hitting a record high of $237.6 million in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2016, up 40% from the year before.
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Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc has approached rival U.S. broadcaster Tribune Media Co to discuss a potential combination, a deal that would hinge on existing regulations being relaxed.
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Google’s YouTube on Tuesday unveiled a web-TV service that will offer a package of over 40 broadcast and cable channels for $35 a month. The new service, dubbed YouTube TV, is set to launch in the next few months.
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Tegna released fourth quarter results that included Media Segment revenues that were up 14.5% from 4Q 2015 to $529.1 million, driven by an $80.2 million increase in political advertising and a $25.5 million increase in retransmission revenues.
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Tegna Media President Dave Lougee says that negotiations with streaming services like Sony PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now are progressing smoothly.
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Graham Holdings Co. today reported fourth quarter earnings that included revenue from its television broadcasting division, Graham Media Group, of $108.8 million, an increase of 14% from the same period of 2015.
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In January, the television market witnessed a 5.7% increase in ad spending, according to Standard Media Index.
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E.W. Scripps local TV station group witnessed big TV revenue gains in the fourth quarter -- with political advertising and retransmission fee revenues the main drivers.
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National TV advertising revenue for NBA programming is up 21% to $430.1 million across five networks – including ABC - according to iSpot.tv.
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Hedge fund Starboard Value LP has opened a 6.6% stake in Tribune Media Co., one of the largest owners of local television stations in the U.S.
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Scripps Networks Interactive said it would be investing $30 million to $40 million in digital content and data to fuel growth.
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The man dubbed "the investor CEOs fear most" has taken a stake in Tribune Media, the Chicago broadcast company that runs 42 local TV stations nationwide.
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ABC, Microsoft and Black-ish worked together on a season-long partnership, which included placement of Microsoft products within the show, and the storyline integration of Microsoft as a client.
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Paul Karpowicz envisions broadcasting’s bright future, and the Meredith exec is committed to seeing it get there.
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Raycom Media says it has sold off part of its spectrum in the Cleveland, Ohio market in the FCC auction.
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Late-night TV has found a rallying cause—the Trump administration—and a resurgence in ratings.
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ABC has sold out of commercial time in the Academy Awards. Advertisers in this year's celebration of some of the biggest films include Walmart, Samsung and Verizon.
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If the FCC raises the ownership cap, CBS CEO tells analysts that the company would be interested in buying more stations to reap more revenue from retransmission consent and political advertising.
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Gray Television is getting bigger. It announced today that it’s buying Diversified Communications’ two stations for $85 million: WABI (CBS/CW) Bangor, Maine (DMA 156), and WCJB (ABC/CW) Gainesville, Fla. (DMA 161).
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NBC is mustering its sports outlets, including NBC Sports Network and its Comcast SportsNet RSNs, as well as its NBC-owned TV stations to talk about gender in sports.
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Last April, NBC said it would reduce SNL’s ad load this season and that the show would air six branded content spots per year. When those spots do air, they’ll reach an audience that has grown even bigger since election season.
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Comcast and ABC Television said they are working together to provide subscribers with access to Oscar content via the Xfinity X1 cable operating system.
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Between the presidential election and the continued shift in viewing habits, it’s been an interesting season for broadcast networks. The five broadcast chiefs talked with Adweek about the biggest lesson they’ve learned so far this season.
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BuzzFeed and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal are unveiling new original series under development, the companies’ first joint television productions since the formation of their partnership nearly a year and a half ago.
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The countdown is on for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, with NBCU planning celebratory announcements and coverage across its broadcast and digital platforms.
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Princess Diana will be the subject of a four-hour documentary miniseries to be telecast over two nights airing on ABC this August.
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According to Nielsen Social, the broadcast generated almost 10 million uniques and 27.6 million interactions.
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“Saturday Night Live” has scored the show’s highest metered-market household rating since 2011.
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The subscriber base for CBS All Access — the broadcaster’s live and on-demand paid streaming service — has climbed to almost 1.5 million, a 50% growth rate over the past seventh months.
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The E.W. Scripps Network has bucked the national trend and didn’t sell any bandwidth during the FCC’s spectrum auction.
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The TV season’s most provocative campaign so far successfully launched the most-watched freshman series in terms of total viewers.
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Under the joint venture agreement, CBS has acquired an ownership stake in Kapital Entertainment. CBS will provide co-financing for Kapital projects and will serve as worldwide distributor.
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Gray Television did not say Tuesday morning which of its 64 TV stations would be affected when it announced expected auction proceeds of $90.824 million. The company did say, however, that operations would not be materially affected, which means the company may be working out channel-sharing arrangements.
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Fox Television Stations, LLC, a unit of 21st Century Fox, announced today that the company expects to receive about $350 million in proceeds from the Federal Communications Commission’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum.
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CBS Television Stations announced that it has signed a multi-year renewal agreement for Nielsen‘s Local Television Measurement.
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Tribune Media is the latest broadcast group to announce how much money they got in the FCC's spectrum auction, which is winding down but has already set the broadcaster payout total at about $10 billion
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The Disney-ABC Television Group is consolidating the ad sales efforts of its entertainment, news and kids businesses under Rita Ferro, who becomes president of ad sales at Disney-ABC.
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CBS has agreed to acquire the assets of Scout Media, a multi-channel sports video network, for $9.5 million after submitting the only bid for the bankrupt company.
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NBCU will set guarantees using its Total Audience Delivery, a metric that blends broadcast and cable prime-time deliveries with streaming data, for the first time during the Winter Olympics.
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Fox is reporting that Sunday’s Super Bowl delivered a record 172 million viewers for all or part of the event, making it the most-viewed program in U.S. television history.
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Raycom Media has joined proponents of ATSC 3.0 in praising the FCC chairman’s decision to propose letting broadcasters roll out the next-gen broadcast standard.
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Twentieth-First Century Fox posted strong quarterly advertising as a result of political advertising and sports.
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The Meredith Corporation‘s Board of Directors have returned from its annual strategic retreat with some good news for shareholders: It approved a 5.1% increase of its regular stock dividend to $2.08 per share on an annualized basis.
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Tribune Media on Wednesday announced that it completed its sale of Gracenote video, music and sports, to the Nielsen Co. for $560 million.
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Tribune Media has sold the historic studios of WGN-Channel 9 and surrounding property to a Chicago real estate developer.
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CBS is looking at a new marketing design, bridging traditional linear TV show marketing and a digital media platform for its upcoming show “The Good Fight” to air on CBS All Access.
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The elements of the campaign also demonstrate how online and mobile content can drive television viewership. Gmail users who interact with content from one of the three TV shows will see a TGIT-themed ad at the top of the Gmail home page.
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Thanks to “strategic endeavors,” strong political advertising revenue at its television stations and “sturdy digital ad revenue” in both its national and local businesses, Meredith saw non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.30.
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Publicly traded Entravision Communications Corp. will continue to see TV measurement services for all 56 of its television stations.
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The new president of Cox Media Group got her start in TV news before moving into sales and management, where she’s had a history of success, creativity and passionate support of her team members.
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The $278 million in deals adds stations in Green Bay, Wis., and Davenport, Iowa, as well as three in Fairbanks, Alaska. It now owns 100 stations covering 10.1% of the U.S.
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The $4.6 billion deal will leave the resulting Nexstar Media Group with171 full-power stations in 100 markers covering nearly 39% of U.S. TV homes.
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The 138-year-old company with 33 TV stations in 24 markets is moving boldly into the digital universe. TVNewsCheck named E.W. Scripps its Station Group of Year for 2017.
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For the first time since TV networks have been simultaneously streaming the Super Bowl along with their traditional linear airing of the game, a network will be featuring local advertising from their TV affiliates in the digital broadcast.
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Just in time for NATPE, Tegna and MGM announced today they are partnering on a live, first-run syndicated "entertainment" show based on what is trending in social media.
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The CBS Television Network is now available in nearly half of Sony PlayStation Vue’s footprint, and deals with affiliate stations will soon be locked up so that the network has 75% penetration by the end of 2017, a CBS rep told FierceCable.
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Perry Sook — recently elected to serve as Chairman of the TVB, was thrilled with the FCC’s decision to wait until the end of its spectrum incentive auction to OK a deal the Department of Justice approved with conditions in October.
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Marc DeBevoise, President and COO of CBS Interactive, opened CBS’ day at TCA. It may be the first time an executive from a network’s interactive area opened a broadcaster’s TCA session.
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Nexstar Broadcasting has the all-clear for its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General after the FCC said that it approved the deal — waiving a ban on transactions while the agency conducts an auction of broadcasters’ airwave spectrum.
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Mark Pedowitz of The CW outlines the network's renewals and talks strategy at the Winter 2017 Television Critics Association tour.
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Hearst has acquired a majority interest in Litton Entertainment, a TV producer and distributor that specializes in children’s television and family entertainment programming.
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Imax recently partnered with Marvel Television and ABC Television to make the upcoming superhero series “Inhumans,” set to hit the cinema weeks before it appears on TV.
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Although NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” has concluded another run as TV’s most-viewed series of the 2016-2017 season so far, this comes against lower average viewership versus a year ago.
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a report released late last week, Brean Capital analyst Alan Gould reiterated his “Buy” rating on CBS shares. But, more notably, Gould substantially adjusted his price target on CBS from $65 to $75.
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Sinclair Broadcast Group is looking to establish an advertising co-op of TV station groups, aggregating inventory and selling it using programmatic ad technology developed by Visible World.
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CBS is nearing a deal to license its broadcast network and some cable channels for Hulu’s forthcoming cable-style, live-streaming service, people familiar with the matter said.
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The NATPE Station Group Summit will feature local and network TV leaders, as well as content producers, addressing the challenges facing the local TV industry as it expands beyond traditional broadcast television.
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The first-place broadcaster has amassed the largest lead at this point in the season for any network in 19 years.
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Under the new agreement, ABC will roll out multiple new original scripted and unscripted shows for Snapchat, beginning with “Watch Party: The Bachelor” on Jan. 3.
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