More Insight Into The FCC Engineer’s Key Concerns

On September 6, Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner offered readers details of his conversation with a regional Commission engineer who agreed to provide an outline of what, in his view, are the most significant items he looks for when visiting a station during a random inspection. It turns out the FCC engineer had more to share. Here's more from Benner that could help your stations avoid costly forfeitures or U.S Treasury consent decree payments.

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds CRB Music Streaming Rates

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday (9/18) affirmed music streaming rates established for 2016 through 2020 set by the Copyright Royalty Board — the so-called "Web IV" rates that didn't sit well with the appellant in this case, SoundExchange.

Trio Of Broadcasters Team For Florence Alerts In Spanish

It turns out two companies with radio stations in the path of the devastating storm voluntarily banded together to deliver mensajes en español to Latinos across the impacted region of the Carolinas. A third company based in Miami pitched in to handle the production of the alerts. Meanwhile, some 25 FM stations, 3 AMs and 5 TV stations are dark.

On Sept. 20, Don’t Use EAS Tone Outside Test

Come Thursday, unless delayed by a real emergency, FEMA and the FCC are on track to conduct a combined nationwide test of the EAS and the WEA system. It's set for Thursday, Sept. 20, and as Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorneys note, there's one important reminder all broadcast media stations should take note of: Don't use the EAS tone outside of a test.

Not So ‘Super’ News For Student-Run FM

Serving the city of Wilmington, Del., 100-watt Class A WMPH-FM is a radio training ground for students in the Brandywine School District, branded as "Super 91.7." Things aren't so super, however. The school district just entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC to resolve issues tied to WMPH's license renewal application. We've got an RBR+TVBR Observation on the matter.

O’Rielly Will Need A New Chief Of Staff

It appears Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly will be seeking out a new Chief Of Staff and Media Advisor. After 12 months in the dual roles, Brooke Ericson has announced her pending departure from the Commission.

FCC Now Accepting Fall 2019 Honors Program Applications

The FCC will now begin accepting applications from graduating law students and current judicial clerks for the agency's "primary vehicle for hiring entry-level attorneys." Here's all you need to know on getting applications to the Commission by its strict deadline date and time.

FCC Requirements For Emergency Communications

With Hurricane Florence about to hit the East Coast, broadcasters are well reminded of their obligations with respect to the airing of emergency information. As noted attorney David Oxenford points out, broadcasters may also want to consider the benefits that the FCC can offer in an emergency. While the FCC on Monday announced the postponement of its test of DIRS, the Disaster Information Reporting System, broadcasters may want to consider quickly getting familiar with this system.
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What You Need To Know About FCC-Required Public Files

For the first five years conducting “Alternative FCC Compliance Certification Inspections,” 90% of the questions asked to featured columnist Ken Benner pertained to FCC required Public Files. The same percentage of individuals, he adds, "had virtually no idea of what was required or where to turn for information to be compliant." Here's what you need to avoid a potential fine.

A Refresher on the FCC’s Lowest Unit Charge Rules

With the lowest unit charge window for the November elections going into effect today (Sept. 7), Wilkinson Barker Knauer partner David Oxenford thought that it was a good idea to review the basics on FCC rules and policies affecting those charges. Here's what he has to say.

NAB To FCC: Don’t Modify The Diversity Incubator

A subgroup of members of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and/or the ACDDE's Broadcast Development Working Group want to modify a just-adopted FCC incubator program designed to establish greater broadcast media ownership diversity. The NAB has just told the Commission it opposes such efforts, urging it to move forward.

The Top Compliance Concerns Of The FCC Engineer

While prepping the program and agenda for a seminar on FCC compliance, featured columnist Ken Benner contacted a regional Commission engineer to see if he would provide an outline of what, in his view, are the most significant items he looks for when visiting a station during a random inspection. The FCC engineer replied, and here's what he has to say.

Man Pleads Guilty To Death Threats Against Pai Clan

A 33-year-old California man who in late June was arrested and charged with sending death threats to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that targeted his family has offered a guilty plea in a Federal court.

An Ode To A ‘Very Helpful’ FCC

Some media industry C-Suiters may not be too pleased with the FCC, for a variety of reasons. There are the fines and forfeitures. There's the scrutiny over deals (just ask Chris Ripley at Sinclair Broadcast Group what he may be thinking about the FCC right now). Yet, the FCC and its hard-working staffers should be appreciated, Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner writes.

The Dreaded EEO Audit Letter

The recent announcement from the FCC advising the proposed expansion of the Equal Employment Opportunity FCC office with additional staff and lawyers has many licensees on edge. Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner has some things to say about it.

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