Here Are Your February Regulatory Dates, Broadcasters

Before spring arrives, broadcasters need to tend to important regulatory matters in February. If your team find yourselves eager to plan now, Wilkinson Barker Knauer partner David Oxenford offers a quick synopsis of what's of key importance to radio and TV station owners and managers over the next five weeks.

Ex-FCC Deputy GC Takes DWT ‘Products Counseling’ Post

The former deputy general counsel of the FCC has joined law firm Davis Wright Tremaine as partner in its Washington, D.C. office. As part of a newly launched Products Counseling team, he will provide holistic counsel to tech companies launching new products and help them navigate changing regulations.

FCC’s Anti-Payola Pirate Buster Secured For ACA Connects Confab

Mike O'Rielly has been the radio industry's No. 1 point person at the FCC under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, largely due to his fierce efforts to silence pirate radio operators. Then, there is his anti-payola efforts. But, O'Rielly is also a key voice at the Commission on TV industry needs, and he'll be at the Grand Hyatt in Washington in March for a big cable industry event.

A Former NYC Mayor Floods TV With Election Ads

Want a president of the U.S. who can "rebuild America." If so, you may just be fueling a massive influx of political ad dollars at spot television from the campaign of one Mike Bloomberg. The latest Media Monitors Spot Ten TV report shows the Bloomberg campaign ranking at No. 1 by ad campaign — dominating all ad brands and categories.
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Morgan Murphy Exec, AM HD Radio Pioneer Tapped To NABPAC

The Director of Business Development for Morgan Murphy Media and the VP/GM of Bryan Broadcasting Corp., the Texas radio station owner seeking FCC regulatory approval of digital-only AM broadcasts, have been elected as co-chairs of the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (NABPAC).

FCC Seeks Engineers For Honors Program

The Federal Communications Commission is opening a window for applications under its Honors Engineer Program, launched in 2018.  During this window, the Program is open to recent graduates with an engineering degree and current students who will graduate this spring.

MMTC Co-Hosts Dr. King Reception Honoring Conyers

In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) on Wednesday (1/15) co-hosted a film screening and tribute honoring a longtime, trailblazing Detroit Congressman.

Benner On Washington: ‘A Mock Inspection Program Redux

As we enter the 25th year of the existence of the “FCC Compliance Certification Program,” Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner argues that the program deserves "a realistic review of its history of licensee protection from massive fines, fees, forfeitures and most significantly, legal expenses."
Gavel

License Revocation Comes For A Georgia AM

A silent AM radio station licensed for 10kw of power from 1 tower has just received its death sentence from the Media Bureau and the FCC's Office of the Managing Director. Why? The station's owner, not to be confused with a big licensee involving Apollo Global Management, failed to pay its delinquent regulatory fees owed to the Commission.

Introducing A Big CommLaw Firm’s New Name

When it comes to the more widely known communications law firms with a presence in the Nation's Capital, Wiley Rein LLP is one of industry renown. As of today, this Washington, D.C. legal practice has a new name.

FCC Office of Legislative Affairs To Get A New Director

The Associate Bureau Chief of the Commission's Media Bureau, in his role since April 2019, has been chosen to lead the FCC's Congressional affairs team. This individual served as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs during President George W. Bush's first term and worked for Michael Powell following several private sector roles.

House Comm/Tech Democrats To Tackle Media Marketplace Diversity

Don't think the radio and TV stations serving consumers are fully reflective of the communities they are licensed to serve? A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology legislative hearing scheduled for next week may be just your cup of tea.
Kids & Junk Food

FCC ‘KidVid’ Rule Rewrite Webinar Planned

The Media Bureau will host a webinar later this month reviewing the functionality of, and changes to, the Commission’s revised Children’s Television Programming Report. Here are all of the details for those who wish to participate.

Terry Takes Acting Duties As FCC Diversity Director

Larry Hudson has transitioned to the FCC's Office of Communications Business Opportunities, from the role of Director of the agency's Office of Workplace Diversity. As such, an acting director has been selected for the office by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

This D.C. CommLaw Makes An Urban Investment

One of Washington, D.C.'s most esteemed telecommunications, media, and technology law firms has a new individual serving as its "Of Counsel." It's a Georgetown University Law Center graduate who has clerked for a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals chief judge and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar.

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