30Nov

ABS Wants Class Action Status For Suits

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Original Article by Inside Radio ABS Entertainment and other record company owners of music recorded before 1972 have asked a California federal judge to award class action status to their copyright infringement lawsuits against CBS Radio and Cumulus Media. Joining ABS in filing the motion in U.S District Court for the Central District of California […]
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30Nov

LeBlanc: FCC Has Improved Fine Collection

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable After questions were raised, notably in a House FCC oversight hearing, about the FCC’s collection of fines it has imposed, including for alleged abuse of its Lifeline broadband subsidy program, Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc took to the FCC blog to explain and defend the process (https://www.fcc.gov/blog/enforcement-fines-collection-process). […]
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30Nov

December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Ownership and EEO Reports, Retransmission Consent and Foreign Ownership Rulemaking Comments, Incentive Auction and Accessibility Obligations

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog December is one of those months when all commercial broadcasters have at least one FCC deadline, and there are also many other filing dates of which many broadcasters need to take note.  For all commercial broadcasters, Biennial Ownership Reports are due on December 2.  Hopefully, most broadcasters […]
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24Nov

Radio ‘Increases Retail’ At Holidays

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Original Article by Inside Radio As retailers prep their holiday advertising blitz, radio should be a must-buy, according to one leading industry executive. Pierre Bouvard, chief marketing officer for Cumulus Media and Westwood One, says radio offers advertisers unparalleled access, reaching 180 million Americans on Black Friday and 63% of adults 25-54, according to Nielsen. […]
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23Nov

Task Force Wants Smaller Drones Registered

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Original Article by Joan Lowy, TVNewsCheck An aviation industry task force is recommending that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half a pound, a threshold that could include some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said. Federal Aviation Administration officials who convened the 25-member task force on drone registration have said they […]
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23Nov

Reverse Auction Homework: Getting Familiar with Form 177

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Original Article by CommLawBlog As the Broadcast Incentive auction continues its unstoppable advance, the Commission has begun to address the nitty-gritty practical steps that folks affected by the auction – whether auction participants or broadcasters who will be relocated as a result of the auction – will have to be taking. Most notably, the FCC […]
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23Nov

FCC: Voice Commands Not Sufficient For Captions

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable The FCC voted last week to reconsider an earlier proposal and conclude that voice activation is not “reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon” for accessing closed captioning for the hearing impaired, while the reconsideration order confirms that activation via gestures is reasonably comparable for accessing […]
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20Nov

FCC Releases Form 177 Auction Application Instructions

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[membersonly] On Thursday, the FCC today released a Public Notice with instructions for filing Form 177, the application for licensees of full-power and Class A TV stations to participate in the reverse auction. As a reminder, the FCC recently extended the application filing deadline, so the filing window now begins at noon Eastern Time on December 8, 2015 and […]
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20Nov

Media Ownership Hearing Set For Dec. 3

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Original Article by Inside Radio The six witnesses, including the National Association of Broadcasters, barely had time to testify at the original hearing before Subcommittee on Communications and Technology chair Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) called a recess during what became a very hectic day on the Hill. Ranking member Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) requested that […]
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19Nov

AMA Looks For Drug Ad Ban

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Original Article by Inside Radio The American Medical Association is calling for a ban on all consumer advertising for prescription drugs and medical devices, saying the rapid growth of ads fuels demand for drugs and treatments and drives up prices. Pharmaceutical advertisers spent $4.5 billion on advertising last year, and spending has increased 30% in […]
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