One-Week FM Translator Filing Window for Class C and D AM Stations Opens July 26

By | June 23rd, 2017|Legal News|

The long-awaited filing window for certain Class C and D AM stations to apply for new FM translators will open at 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 26, 2017, and will close at 5:59 p.m. EDT (not at 11:59 p.m.) on August 2, 2017. A second window for eligible Class A and B AM stations (and...… Continue Reading

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UPDATE: FCC Announces Deadline for Comments on Proposed Elimination of the Main Studio Rule

By | June 7th, 2017|Legal News|

In a previous entry, we discussed the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to eliminate the main studio rule, which requires radio and television broadcasters to maintain a main studio located at or near a station’s community of license.  The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on June 2, 2017, which means...… Continue Reading

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FCC Imposes $55,000 Fine for Inappropriate Use of EAS Tones

By | June 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Continuing its historical hard line on misuse of EAS tones, the FCC announced on May 30 that it had settled an investigation with WTLV, a TEGNA-owned television station in Jacksonville, Florida regarding unauthorized EAS tones appearing in an ad for the Jacksonville Jaguars (the local NFL team).  As part of the settlement, TEGNA entered into...… Continue Reading

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FCC Looks to Modernize Media Regulations

By | June 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Last month, the FCC launched a new proceeding with an extremely broad goal of modernizing its media regulations.  The very brief (less than three page) Public Notice launching the proceeding, which Chairman Pai previewed in his speech at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, asks for comment on almost any media regulation considered “outdated, unnecessary,...… Continue Reading

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FCC Proposes 2017 Regulatory Fees

By | May 30th, 2017|Legal News|

Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, the FCC has issued its 2017 Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), beginning a process that culminates with the payment of regulatory fees sometime between late August and the end of September.   Although there aren’t any big fee hikes like we saw last year,...… Continue Reading

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The Commission Extends Transition Progress Reporting Requirement to Non-Reimbursable Stations

By | May 24th, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, the Commission adopted transition progress reporting requirements for broadcast television stations that will be changing channels during the post-incentive auction transition, but that are ineligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund. The Commission had already decided back in January that TV stations eligible for reimbursement from the Fund would be required...… Continue Reading

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FCC Proposes to Eliminate Main Studio Rule for Broadcasters

By | May 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission proposed to eliminate the rule requiring radio and television broadcasters to maintain a main studio located at or near a station’s community of license.  The Commission proposed the repeal of the rule on the grounds that the ubiquity of electronic communications eliminated the necessity of a studio’s...… Continue Reading

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FCC v. Colbert – A Controversy Based on Truth or Truthiness?

By | May 10th, 2017|Legal News|

Last Monday, during his monologue on the Late Show, Stephen Colbert made a number of jokes at President Donald Trump’s expense, including lobbing a series of insults at the President.  (The full monologue is available here; check around 11:15 for the portion that has gotten folks talking).   One of these insults, which included a joking...… Continue Reading

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FCC’s EEO Policies Subject of Re-examination and Update

By | April 27th, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC’s policies with regard to diversity generally have taken center stage over the past few days.  First up, on Friday, April 21, the Commission released a Declaratory Ruling which updated its policy as to whether the use by broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD’s) of only Internet-based recruitment sources provides sufficiently wide dissemination … Continue Reading

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