October 24, 2017FCC Eliminates Main Studio Rule
As expected, the FCC today eliminated the broadcast main studio rule by a strict party line vote. Approving were Chairman Pai and Commissioners O'Rielly and Carr. Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissented.
The Order retains the requirement that stations maintain a local or toll-free telephone number to ensure consumers have ready access to their local stations. Rationalizing that the rule was adopted nearly 80 years ago to facilitate community access to their broadcast stations and to facilitate input from community members and the station's participation in community activities, the rule's repeal signals the Commission's belief that community members can interact directly through alterative means such as e-mail, social media, and the telephone, and indeed, that may be more effective for the public.
October 3, 2017New Developments In Non-Competes
I have written about noncompetition agreements in the broadcasting industry before. See (December 8, 2008) (January 8, 2013) (January 22, 2013). In an industry so focused on the development and promotion of personalities and distinguishing its information and ...
September 19, 20172017 Regulatory Fees Now Due
ONE WEEK OUT!! As you should already know, the FCC deadline for payment of fiscal year 2017 regulatory fees is September, 26. We are now one week out. Reg Fees must be paid by September 26th, 2017 (11:5p ET). Fees are owed on all authorizations held on October 1st, ...
July 25, 2017WARNING BELL - Online Public File for All
We are only 30 days away from the six-month warning bell when all radio all broadcasters must be have their FCC online public file fully functional. Broadcasters who are mindful of their public file responsibilities will recall that in June 2016, the online public file ...
July 13, 2017FM Translator Window 3: Change In Policy
The FCC will accept FM Translator Window 3 Applications from proposed assignees of on file assignment applications for AM Class C and Class D AM stations. Given the extremely short filing window, a critical problem was presented by the requirement that applications ...
June 20, 2017AM Cross-Service FM Translators - Round 3 - July 26th - August 2nd - Start Your Engines
Kicking off the first summer month of 2017, on June 1st the FCC released the much-anticipated the third round in new FM translators for AM stations. The first of two new FM cross-service translator auction filing windows were announced for July 26th through August 2nd. ...
May 9, 2017Employment 'Broad Outreach' - What Is It Now?
The FCC has just released declaratory ruling that broad outreach in hiring may now be achieved under its rules solely with Internet notice, provided certain standards are met. To understand this development, a little history is useful. It is nearly 15 years since the ...
April 18, 2017In Memoriam - Roy J. Stewart
By the time you read this, many of you will have learned Roy Stewart, former FCC Media Bureau Chief, passed away last week. Roy Stewart was one of a kind and holds a special place in the hearts and minds of nearly every person involved with media law and regulation in ...
March 28, 2017Ready To Fool Your Listeners With Clever ‘Fake News’ On April Fools’ Day? Careful … It Could Cost You!
I’ve warned about hoaxes before, but with a new administration in town, and “fake news” being the topic of the day, it might be a good idea to return to the topic. With all the talk about deregulation, regulatory review and elevation of business ...
February 28, 2017AM Revitalization - More Relief Coming From FM, But Caution Is Advised
In 2015, the FCC finally acted on proposals to "revitalize" AM radio, bringing its diverse programming to the larger audience captured by the FM dial. Six proposals were adopted, but the most impactful so far has been the opening of the 250-mile move-in FM translator ...