TV Bill Markup Held For A Day

Tuesday was set to be a wildly busy day for the House Energy & Commerce Committee. No less than 18 bills were on the docket for markup. The goal was a bit overambitious. As such, the full Committee markup reconvenes today, with the "Television Viewer Protection Act" up for review.

D.C. Pauses To Remember FCC General Counsel Stalwart

An appellate litigator and nearly 50-year veteran of the FCC's Office of General Counsel has passed. The death of Grey Pash led to several tributes on social media, including one from General Counsel Tom Johnson, who called Pash "a kind and humble colleague and devoted public servant with an impressive record."

Comment Period Extended For FCC Reg Fee Further NPRM

On August 27, the FCC released a Report and Order and FNPRM in a proceeding focused on the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal year 2019. A due date for Comments was set for Friday, with Reply Comments due Dec. 23. An extension was sought; the FCC said yes.

O’Rielly’s PIRATE Sound Bite: Senate Act Passage Near

"Senate passage of the 'PIRATE Act' is imminent and that we should see it signed into law in the near term," says FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly. He made the remarks on Thursday afternoon at the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association's Sound Bites 2019 event in the city of Framingham.

Comment, Reply Dates Scheduled For Common Antenna Site NPRM

The FCC in October adopted and released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on whether it should eliminate or revise the requirements, in sections 73.239 and 73.635 of the Commission’s rules, regarding access to FM and TV broadcast antenna sites. The due date for formal comments and reply comments is now set.

‘The Bennerism Broadcast Wizdomics,’ Redux

Of the 57 pages of informational handouts Alternative Broadcast Inspector and Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner also carries with him when visiting every radio or TV station is one that he's pleased to share with RBR+TVBR readers today.

WIN Loses ‘THE Long Island AM Fight

A growing licensee of Spanish-language religious stations in the suburbs surrounding the City of New York has been given the green light to close on its purchase of a Long Island AM. The deal can't happen, however, unless the seller of this station abides by a Consent Decree.

Meet Geoffrey Starks’ New Legal Advisor

An attorney in the Communications and Appellate Litigation groups at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, has been appointed as the new Legal Advisor covering wireline and public safety issues for Democratic FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks.

The All-New FCC Public File: Required Reading For All

Ahh ... the Public File booklet. Everybody loves that required 34-page item that must be provided, at no charge, for anyone asking for it, right?  Well, like it or not, Ken Benner says it is an "absolute must read for all of us involved to any extent in broadcasting." And, it's just been "substantially updated."

FCC Adjusts November Open Meeting Date

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the FCC had planned to hold its November Open Meeting. Now that a symposium featuring leaders from the radio and TV broadcasting world is affirmed for Thursday, Nov. 21, the Open Meeting date has been changed.

A Senate GOP Leader Seeks STELAR Sunset

Lindsey Graham has jumped into the fray over the pending expiration of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act by signaling his opposition to the Act's reauthorization. But, he's seeking its end by proposing a market alternative.

Inaugural NABLF Media Sales Academy Class Unveiled

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation has finalized the roster for its inaugural class of the Media Sales Academy. Curriculum for the program was developed in collaboration with the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB).

CA House Members Want Hearing On Wildfire Telecom Flame-Out

Anna Eshoo and Mike Thompson — in a letter co-signed by 23 Golden State representatives — request that the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hold a hearing on the role of telecommunications in public safety, which has been a major issue during ongoing wildfires in the state.

What Does The Upcoming FCC Symposium Signify?

What's behind the FCC Media Bureau's decision to host a symposium on the state of the broadcasting industry? Noted D.C. communications law attorney David Oxenford of Wilkinson Barker Knauer has his thoughts on the matter.

Comment Period for New Radio Noncomm Royalty Rates Opens

The Copyright Royalty Judges have published for comment proposed regulations governing the rates and terms for the digital performances of sound recordings by certain public radio stations and for the making of ephemeral recordings necessary to facilitate those transmissions.

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