In an interesting confluence of events, a couple of often beaten up broadcast entities had a good week. Both Arbitron and their PPM ratings, and iBiquity and their HD Radio product, each came away with a few points in the win column.
For Arbitron, it started with the Attorneys General of both New York and New Jersey settling those PPM lawsuits. It then continued when it was announced that the MRC had accredited PPM ratings for the Riverside market. While it seems odd that PPM passed muster in a market that no one is really focused on, it's clearly a step in the right direction for Arbitron's electronic ratings system.
Then there's iBiquity. HD Radio had strong presence at CES in Las Vegas last week, and according to sources (OK, Buzz Knight), there were lots of people hovering around iBiquity's booth, and some upbeat car news with Hyundai now offering factory installed HD Radios.
In a sea of tough news about radio, it's interesting that two of the more embattled companies and initiatives actually had something to smile about last week.