FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ March 2016

By | March 31st, 2016|Legal News|

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: Noncommercial FM Broadcaster Fined $10,000 for Public Inspection File Violations TV Licensee Faces $20,000 Fine for Untimely Filing of 16 Children’s TV Programming Reports Man […]

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FTC Action Against Lord & Taylor Social Media Campaign Has Repercussions for Broadcasters

By | March 24th, 2016|Legal News|

Consumer protection is always in style at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC”). When 50 fashion “influencers” flooded Instagram, all wearing the same dress in photos tagged “@lordandtaylor”, and an article featuring the same dress appeared in the online fashion magazine Nylon, some at the FTC suspected an advertising campaign masquerading as a social media dialogue.  […]

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FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ February 2016

By | February 26th, 2016|Legal News|

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: FCC Fines Radio Licensee $10,500 Despite Claims of Public File Sabotage Unlocked Gate Costs AM Licensee $7,000 Class A Licensee Faces Hobson’s Choice: Pay $12,000 […]

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The FCC Has Written Good Contest Rules, Now You Should Too

By | February 15th, 2016|Legal News|

The FCC’s new Licensee-Conducted Contest Rule became effective this past Friday.  Under the new rule, a broadcast licensee conducting a contest still has the obligation to disclose the material terms of the contest “fully and accurately” and to conduct the contest substantially as announced.  However, as we wrote last September, the new rule allows broadcasters to […]

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FCC Enforcement Monitor

By | January 31st, 2016|Legal News|

January 2016 Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: TV Licensee Agrees to Pay $18,000 for Public Inspection File Violations FM Translator Licensee Faces $9,000 Fine for False Certification and Unauthorized Operation […]

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Neither Sleet Nor Snow Can Keep the Radio Public File From Going Online

By | January 28th, 2016|Legal News|

Despite a three-hour delayed opening of the federal government courtesy of the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas, the FCC, in today’s Open Meeting, adopted rules requiring that radio broadcast stations, as well as satellite radio (i.e., Sirius/XM), direct broadcast satellite providers (i.e., DirecTV and DISH), and most cable television systems, migrate their public inspection files to […]

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FCC Makes “FRNdamental” Changes to Broadcast Ownership Reports

By | January 21st, 2016|Legal News|

In a Report and Order that has been in the making since at least 1998, the FCC yesterday adopted new ownership reporting forms for both commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations. The FCC’s goal in adopting these new forms is to enhance the completeness and accuracy of its broadcast ownership data by (i) again imposing a unique […]

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Radio Public Inspection File Coming Online

By | January 7th, 2016|Legal News|

In the summer of 2014, CommLawCenter broke the news that the FCC was considering moving radio public inspection files online, following in the footsteps of the FCC’s earlier creation of an online public file requirement for TV stations.  Television stations have been required to upload all newly created public file documents to their online public […]

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FCC Enforcement Monitor

By | December 30th, 2015|Legal News|

December 2015 Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: FM Licensee and Prospective Buyer Agree to Jointly Pay $8,000 for Unauthorized Transfer of Control TV Licensee Faces $13,000 Fine for Children’s Programming […]

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