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Looking at Music Royalty Issues for Radio and TV Broadcasters

By | August 17th, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, I participated in a discussion about music royalties for broadcasters at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention in Austin. Speaking on the panel with me were the heads of the Radio Music License Committee and the TV Music Licensing Committee. These are the organizations that represent most commercial broadcasters in their negotiations...… Continue Reading

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Looking for a New FM? – FCC Releases a Potential “Shopping List” of Channels that Will Be Available in a Future Auction

By | August 15th, 2017|Legal News|

It has been over two years since the last window allowing applicants to file for new FM stations (see our article here). There had been some speculation that the number of requests for new allotments was decreasing, leaving the FCC with few FM channels to auction off and thereby breaking what had been an almost...… Continue Reading

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Preparing for Annual Regulatory Fee Filing – Order on This Year’s Fees Circulating at the FCC

By | August 14th, 2017|Legal News|

About this time each year, broadcasters and other entities regulated by the FCC prepare to find out the amount of their annual FCC regulatory fees. These fees are likely to be paid in September, before the October 1 start of the new government fiscal year. Last week, the FCC added to its list of “items...… Continue Reading

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GMR Offers Commercial Radio 6 Month Extension of Interim License to Play Their Songs

By | August 9th, 2017|Legal News|

Global Music Rights, commonly known as GMR, is the newest Performing Rights Organization (PRO) in the US music business, licensing public performance rights to musical compositions of songwriters as diverse as various members of the Eagles to Pharrell Williams to George Gershwin. As we wrote here, in December, they offered a temporary license to the...… Continue Reading

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A Full House at the FCC as Two “New” Commissioners Confirmed

By | August 7th, 2017|Legal News|

Since the beginning of the year, the FCC has been acting with fewer than its full complement of Commissioners. Since the January departures of Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Rosenworcel, the Commission has had three Commissioners – two Republicans (Chairman Pai and Commissioner O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Commissioner Clyburn). Last week, Congress confirmed the nominations of...… Continue Reading

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$17,500 Settlement by TV Broadcaster for Not Identifying Educational and Informational Children’s Programming – Reminder that the FCC is Still in the Enforcement Business

By | August 4th, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC announced a Consent Decree with a New Jersey TV station where the licensee agreed to make a $17,500 payment to the US Treasury for failing to identify “core” educational and informational programming directed to children with the required “E/I” symbol on the programming itself. This programming was, according to the consent decree, run...… Continue Reading

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FCC To Hold Hearing to Determine Whether to Deny License Renewal of Radio Station that was Silent for Most of its License Term

By | August 4th, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC yesterday took what some may suggest is an unprecedented action to potentially deny the license renewal of an FM broadcast station that was silent for all but one day each year during its license renewal term. According to the Hearing Designation Order, the station operated one day each year to avoid forfeiting its...… Continue Reading

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FM Translators for AM Stations – Now that the Filing Window is Done, What’s Next?

By | August 3rd, 2017|Legal News|

The window for filing applications for new FM translators for Class C and D AM stations has now closed. According to a statement from FCC Chairman Pai, over 1000 AM stations took advantage of the filing window.  What’s next? The FCC will take these applications and determine which of them are mutually exclusive with some...… Continue Reading

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First Post-Incentive Auction Window Opens for Modifications By Repacked TV Stations that Can’t Build on Their Assigned Channel

By | August 3rd, 2017|Legal News|

Earlier this week, the FCC announced the first of its post-auction filing windows for TV stations that are forced to abandon their current channels as a result of the repacking of the TV band after the broadcast incentive auction. As a result of the shrinking of the TV band, many TV stations were required to...… Continue Reading

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