First Appeal of Multiple Ownership Rule Changes Filed by Public Interest Groups

By | January 18th, 2018|Legal News|

Prometheus Radio Project and Media Mobilizing Project, public interest groups who have been opponents of relaxation in the FCC’s broadcast ownership rules, have filed the first Petition for Review of the FCC’s Order on Reconsideration of the Quadrennial Review of those rules. In November, the FCC by a 3 to 2 vote eliminated the rule requiring that...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on First Appeal of Multiple Ownership Rule Changes Filed by Public Interest Groups

Washington Legal Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand in the New Year

By | January 15th, 2018|Legal News|

It’s a new year, and a good time to reflect on where all the Washington issues for TV broadcasters stand at the moment, especially given the rapid pace of change since the new administration took over just about a year ago. While we try on this Blog to write about many of the DC issues...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on Washington Legal Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand in the New Year

Ownership Rule Changes Effective February 7; Comments on Incubator Programs to Foster Diversity in Broadcast Ownership Due March 9

By | January 8th, 2018|Legal News|

Published today in the Federal Register were two notices from the FCC implementing November’s decision on the FCC’s ownership rules. First, a summary of the changes in the rules was published in the Federal Register. These changes particularly affect the local TV ownership rules (changes that we summarized here). Changes included, among other things, the...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on Ownership Rule Changes Effective February 7; Comments on Incubator Programs to Foster Diversity in Broadcast Ownership Due March 9

FCC Seeks Comment on Two Proposed Acquisitions of Broadcast Stations By Foreign Companies

By | December 21st, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC this week announced the filing of two applications seeking broadcast acquisitions by non-US based companies. In one available here, a company controlled by Mexican citizens would go from 25% to 100% ownership and control of a company that owns 2 FM stations in California and Arizona. In another, available here, an Italian company...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on FCC Seeks Comment on Two Proposed Acquisitions of Broadcast Stations By Foreign Companies

A Deeper Dive on The FCC’s Ownership Order

By | December 13th, 2017|Legal News|

With the FCC about to propose changes in its national ownership cap for television at its meeting tomorrow (see our article here), we thought that we would take a look back to the week before Thanksgiving, when the FCC made some important decisions for the broadcast industry – including the approval of the Next Generation...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on A Deeper Dive on The FCC’s Ownership Order

December FCC Meeting to be an Important One for Broadcasters and Other Media Companies

By | November 28th, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, just before Thanksgiving, the FCC released the tentative agenda for its December meeting. From that agenda, it appears that the meeting will be an important one for broadcasters and other media companies. Already, the press has spent incredible amounts of time focusing on one item, referred to as “Restoring Internet Freedom” by the...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on December FCC Meeting to be an Important One for Broadcasters and Other Media Companies

Full Texts of Last Week’s FCC Decisions on Ownership and Next Generation Television Now Available

By | November 21st, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC late yesterday released full texts of the decisions adopted last week to revise the broadcast ownership rules and approve the next generation television standard (ATSC 3.0). We summarized last week’s decisions, based on the press releases released after the meetings, in our article here. The full text of the ownership decision, available here,...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on Full Texts of Last Week’s FCC Decisions on Ownership and Next Generation Television Now Available

FCC Approves Ownership Rule Changes and Next-Gen TV ATSC 3.0 Standard

By | November 17th, 2017|Legal News|

At its meeting yesterday, as expected, the FCC approved significant changes to its broadcast ownership rules and also approved the roll out of ATSC 3.0 – the next generation television transmission standard. While any change in ownership rules is always a contentious issue, and thus the 3-2 strict party-line vote approving the ownership changes might...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on FCC Approves Ownership Rule Changes and Next-Gen TV ATSC 3.0 Standard

November Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Including Broadcast Ownership, ATSC, Main Studio, EAS, TV Improvements and FM Translator Settlements

By | November 1st, 2017|Legal News|

While November is an odd numbered month in which there are no deadlines for EEO Public File or Mid-term Reports, and it is not the beginning of a new calendar quarter when Quarterly Issues Programs Reports are added to a station’s public file and Quarterly Children’s Television Reports are filed with the FCC, that does...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on November Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Including Broadcast Ownership, ATSC, Main Studio, EAS, TV Improvements and FM Translator Settlements
Load More Posts