14Mar

FCC Says No to Court’s Enforcement of Contractual Rights that Limit Broadcast Licensee’s Control Rights – What Does this Mean for Broadcast Contracts?

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog How far can a court go in ordering broadcasters to comply with the terms of a contract?  By trying to get a court to enforce a contract signed with a broadcaster, is the suing party infringing on a licensee’s control over its broadcast station license? These questions […]
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11Mar

Senators Slam Wheeler Over Unwinding JSAs

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable In a sharply worded letter accusing him of ignoring their concerns and skirting the law, unhappy senators from both parties told FCC chairman Tom Wheeler Friday they were concerned with the FCC’s unwinding of grandfathered JSAs as part of license transfers. Those senators, including Democrats Chuck Schumer, […]
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11Mar

FCC Is Informing Stations of Spectrum Auction Status

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s incentive auction task force, says that the FCC next week will issue a public notice informing stations that they will be receiving confidential letters, being sent out next week, informing them of the status of their application to participate in the auction. […]
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09Mar

Report: Mobile Ad Blocking on the Rise

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Original Article by Chris Tribbey, Broadcasting and Cable In the past few months the rate of new mobile users downloading and installing ad blockers has more than tripled, and if this rate of mobile ad-blocking continues, more than 80% of smartphone owners could be actively blocking ads by the middle of 2017. That’s according to […]
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09Mar

NAB: FCC Can’t Just Reverse Competitive Presumption

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable Broadcasters and local franchising authorities filed their reply brief late Tuesday (March 8) in their challenge to the FCC reversal of the effective competition presumption. The case is being heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which has yet to set an oral […]
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09Mar

NAB Looks to Arm Stations in Cyber War

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable The National Association of Broadcasters will host a webinar on one of the hottest topics of the day, with an assist from the FCC. Broadcast Cybersecurity: The Essentials (March 23) will look at the threat of cyber attacks on broadcast stations and how best to protect against […]
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08Mar

FCC Fines Public Broadcaster $10,000 for Missing Quarterly Issues Programs Lists – No Leniency Without Showing of Financial Hardship

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog The FCC yesterday released an order fining a public broadcaster $10,000 for failing to prepare and place in its public file 13 consecutive quarterly issues programs lists. The licensee had pleaded that the radio station fine should be reduced given that the public file failure began when it […]
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03Mar

Upcoming Webinar: “Broadcasters and Drones – Staying Street-Legal in the Sky”

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Original Article by CommLawBlog [Blogmeister’s Note: While our colleague, Kevin Goldberg, may have some reservations about the utility of drones under the present state of FAA regulation, the fact remains that many broadcasters and other newsgatherers are still eager to take advantage of the opportunities drones currently provide. Anyone wishing to do so should take […]
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