Reminder: FREE Must-Carry/Retransmission Consent Webinar Tuesday, August 22

By | August 18th, 2017|Legal News|

This is a reminder that on Tuesday, August 22 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. (EDT), FHH carriage gurus Dan Kirkpatrick and Paul Feldman will present a FREE webinar entitled “Must-Carry and Retransmission Consent 2017.” Free registration for the webinar is available here. The industry faces an October 1, 2017 deadline requiring all full-power television stations to make...… Continue Reading

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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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ETRS Form 1 Due August 28 for all EAS Participants; Requires Registration in FCC CORES System

By | August 10th, 2017|Legal News|

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC have announced that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on September 27, 2017, at 2:20 PM EDT.  As a precursor to this test, all EAS Participants (which includes most broadcast stations and cable and DBS operators) must file a “Form 1”...… 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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Commercial Radio Stations Offered Opportunity to Extend Interim License with GMR

By | August 9th, 2017|Legal News|

No sooner did we report an update on the dispute between the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and Global Music Rights (GMR), do we have another update to share.  Only this time, the update: (1) is less wonky/more practical, (2) is good news for commercial radio stations, and (3) requires action by affected stations. Radio...… 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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RMLC Seeks PI ; Attempts to Stay in PA, Avoid CA

By | August 4th, 2017|Legal News|

(As end of GMR Interim License Period Approaches, fight over GMR’s refusal to deal with Pennsylvania radio stations has implications for others around the country) We’ve written (and talked) plenty about the fight between the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) – which represents the interests of the commercial radio industry in negotiating licenses with performing...… Continue Reading

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