FCC Seeks Engineers For Honors Program

The FCC is opening a window for applications under its Honors Engineer Program that was 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.
Cable / Satellite

Comment Period Opens To Determine FCC’s TVPA TV Group Definitions

Section 1003 of the recently adopted Television Viewer Protection Act directs the FCC to adopt rules that allow the negotiation of retransmission consent between "qualified MVPD buying groups"' and "large [broadcast] station groups." But, how should the Commission define "large station group" or "qualified MVPD buying group"? That's largely up to you.

Pai Time For A Legendary Class A FM

In 2014, it was a finalist for Legendary Station of the Year at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards. In 2016, it took home the "AC Station of the Year" Marconi. Now, a heralded 3kw FM serving the Michigan cities of Adrian, Blissfield, Clinton and Tecumseh can take pride in knowing its on the radar of the Chairman of the FCC.

A Defense Of Alternative Inspection Services

Featured Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner has received several requests for a comprehensive Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program document that covers the services he provides for radio and TV stations. He's obliged, while also taking time to explain why he has the right to do what he does.

FCC Goes Green On Delivery of MVPD Notices to Broadcast TV

In a widely expected vote held at its January Open Meeting today in Washington, the FCC agreed to modify its rules for cable and satellite TV providers by transitioning certain notices to broadcast TV stations from paper to electronic delivery. 

Media Buyers, Sellers Can Now Get ‘Voter Ratings’ Insights

With the 2020 U.S. presidential election fast approaching, Nielsen has rolled "an enhanced cross-platform version" of its Nielsen Voter Ratings platform, which is designed to give media buyers and sellers ways to best reach and understand the media preferences of potential voters.
Vote

Media Polarization and the 2020 Election

As the U.S. enters a heated 2020 presidential election year, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Republicans and Democrats place their trust in two nearly inverse news media environments. What could this mean for your broadcast media station, and the implications on ratings and long-term ad revenue?

A Trio Of Appointments At FCC Office of Economics and Analytics

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his intent to appoint a Associate Chief of the Office of Economics and Analytics, as well as a Senior Economic Advisor to the OEA Chief and Chief of OEA’s Auctions Division.

NAB Refutes Arguments Against FCC Rethink On Political Ad Rules

The NAB has spoken up against public advocacy groups that do not want the FCC to abide by an association request to reconsider its recently adopted orders regarding political file rules for broadcast radio and television. In particular, NAB refuted the advocacy groups’ "erroneous claims" that the FCC’s new rules did not burden broadcasters or raise any First Amendment concerns.
NAB / National Association of Broadcasters

Applications Open for 2020 Celebration of Service to America Awards

The NAB Leadership Foundation is accepting entries for the 2020 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be honored at a black-tie gala attended by prominent broadcast industry executives and influential policymakers and regulators on June 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

FCC OK’s Full Commercial Development In 3.5 GHz Band

The FCC has certified four Spectrum Access System (SAS) Administrators, paving the way for full commercial operations in the 3.5 GHz band. The Commission in 2019 approved these SAS Administrators for initial commercial deployments, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says today's action allows for full commercial use of this critical mid-band spectrum for broadband connectivity and 5G.

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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