25Jan

FCC Unveils Latest Versions of Broadcast Ownership Reports

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Original Article by Davina Sashkin, CommLawBlog The FCC’s seemingly Sisyphian quest to design the Perfect Broadcast Ownership Report has yielded a number of changes. Whether, as the Commission hopes, they are changes for the better remains to be seen, presumably when the next round of biennial ownership reports need to be filed in late 2017. […]
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22Jan

FCC to Vote on MVPD Public File Requirement

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable The FCC has scheduled a vote Jan. 28 on its proposal to require cable and satellite operators (and radio stations) to post their public files on an FCC online database, as do TV stations. It is expected to pass. The item was penciled in on its tentative agenda and now […]
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21Jan

NAB’s Smith Offers FCC Three Priorities

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Original Article by TVNewsCheck   This morning, NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith spelled out what he called “three key measures of the FCC’s ability to ensure that the U.S. maintains its lead in broadcasting: serving viewers, fostering innovation, and maintaining a balanced marketplace that benefits all consumers, regardless of socioeconomic status.” Speaking at the FCC Commissioners’ […]
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21Jan

Democrats Push Wheeler on Political Ad Disclosure

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable More than 160 House Democrats (169 at last count) have asked the FCC to boost disclosures of political ads by “exercise[ing] its authority under existing law to require the disclosure of the true sponsors of political ads.” That came in a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, […]
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21Jan

FCC Adopts Changes to Ownership Reporting Forms

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable The FCC adopted an order Wednesday that it says will improve data collected from broadcasters to help the commission analyze ownership and diversity issues. That came the same day the Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council was holding its Broadband and Social Justice Conference and calling for […]
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19Jan

Update: AM Revitalization Hits the Federal Register

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Original Article by CommLawBlog It’s been nearly three months since the FCC released its long-awaited AM Revitalization Order. And while the Audio Division staff has done what it could in terms of moving things along, the full range of regulatory changes adopted by the Commission have not taken effect yet because the FCC’s Order had […]
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19Jan

Competitive Info: $1 Billion Forecast For Olympics TV Advertising.

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Original Article by Inside Radio NBCUniversal is on track to book more than $1 billion in advertising revenue from its coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to the company’s head of sports ad sales. That would exceed the ad dollars generated from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “We are […]
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15Jan

Political Broadcasting Webinar Recording Now Available

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Original Article by Comm Law Blog If you missed our recent webinar (featuring FCC political broadcasting guru Bobby Baker) covering All Things Political Broadcasting, don’t worry. You can attend ex post facto, in absentia (if that’s such a thing), by listening to the whole two-hour production online. Just click on this link. As with folks […]
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15Jan

FM Translators Tops Oxenford’s 2016 FCC Issues List

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Original Article by Inside Radio Outlining his take on the regulatory issues that will most impact broadcasters in 2016, veteran broadcast attorney David Oxenford believes the FCC may resolve a number of longstanding proceedings relevant to radio groups. These include the reexamination of EAS rules—which includes a proposal for some stations to have multi-language emergency […]
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14Jan

NAB: FCC Can’t Force Online Play of TV Content

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable The National Association of Broadcasters told the FCC this week that to grant the pay-TV industry what it wants in the ongoing retransmission consent good faith negotiations proceeding would make it an unwitting accomplice in that industry’s attempt to grab more revenue. One of the things the […]
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