Michelle Lehman

LeGeyt Era Begins at NAB with New Chief of Staff

The President/CEO of the largest advocacy voice in Washington for the broadcast media industry is no longer the former U.S. Senator from Oregon. As of today, Curtis LeGeyt (pronounced "legit") is now the head of the NAB. With LeGeyt now in charge, the association now has its first Chief of Staff. It's the NAB's EVP of Public Affairs, who is adding additional responsibilities.

Reflections on 2021, From the FCC Chairwoman

As FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel sees it, "The personal networks that have supported us through these days have been important, as have the communications networks that make it possible for so many of us to stay in touch, stay working, stay healthy, stay informed, and stay entertained." Rosenworcel offers her thoughts, "2021 Reflections," in a new column.

How Was The August 11 EAS Test?

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has released its assessment of just how the Emergency Alert System test performed.
The U.S. Capitol as seen from Union Station, in November 2019

January Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters

As the holiday season comes to an end and 2022 comes into focus, broadcasters have several dates and deadlines to keep up with in January and early February. David Oxenford, the respected Washington, D.C., communications attorney with Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, has noted some of the important dates media industry C-Suite professionals should be tracking.

Consent Decree Clears KKGQ Sale, License Renewals for Rocking M

The license renewals for a group of radio stations and one FM translator involved in a 2019 sale that failed to close have been granted by the Audio Division of the FCC's Media Bureau. But, in order for that to happen, the station's owner — Rocking M Media — agreed to a Consent Decree to resolve "issues raised" during the Commission's review of the renewal applications.

CRB Judges Set MVPD Rates, Retrans Terms for Broadcast Radio, TV

The Copyright Royalty Judges on December 23 announced that they have adopted existing rates and terms for the retransmission of over-the-air television and radio broadcast stations by cable television systems to their subscribers. Here's what that means.

NAB, Others Say ‘Stay’ Again in Foreign Sponsorship ID Fight

On December 8, the FCC’s Media Bureau issued an Order denying a stay petition filed by the NAB, MMTC and NABOB that sought to thwart a Commission order mandating disclosures for foreign government-sponsored programming. Now, the groups are asking the D.C. Federal Appeals Court to grant a stay of the new rule.

AWARN Alliance Elects Leaders, Adds To Steering Committee

The AWARN Alliance has elected the chair and vice chair of its AWARN Steering Committee for 2022. The AWARN Steering Committee serves as the governing body of the AWARN Alliance.

TVPA Act Implementation Input Sought

The Media Bureau is inviting comment from "interested parties" in regard to the latest in a series of Congressional actions that have revised the Communications Act of 1934 with the intent to "encourage competition and establish parameters for the carriage of television broadcast stations by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs)."

EXCLUSIVE: FCC Asked To Review LPTV ‘Hop’ Stop Condition

Should a low-power TV station CP be able to relocate without any restrictions, making them as lucrative as ever to potential buyers? One licensee says yes, and has filed a Petition for Reconsideration with the Commission with the intent of undoing a special condition given to his LPTV's CP that must keep it in place for at least one year before any possible move can be made.
The FCC Seal

Katahdin Dinged For License Application Delay

On January 8, 2018, the FCC's Media Bureau issued a Maine permittee a construction permit for an FM translator. The owner of the facility had three years to submit an application for a license. But, it didn't make that deadline date. The FCC is accepting the tardiness, but it will come at a price.

From Translators To Television: Behind The NTA’s New Name

Not much has changed in its mission as Jack Mills has been elected to replace the retiring John Terrill as NTA President. As such, Mills will assume the leadership of an organization devoted to serving its members in the same way it always had. Only, it has a new name.
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Media Bureau OKs Consent Decrees With Two Hispanic Radio Owners

The Commission has signed off on two Consent Decrees — with no financial penalty, or contribution to the U.S. Treasury, to worry about — handed to a pair of broadcasting companies devoted to super-serving Spanish-language listeners. 

‘Defective Singetons’ Tossed In New NCE Filing Window

Some 1,282 applications were received; all were reviewed to identify singletons — applications that are not mutually exclusive with any other application filed in the window and can be accepted for filing. Some had defects, the Media Bureau says. And, those defective singleton applications have been dismissed.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, speaking at the 2018 Hispanic Radio Conference (Photo: Radio Ink)

A Decade Of Service, Topped With FCC Ascension

One decade ago, then-FCC Chairman Jules Genachowski praised the Obama Administration's Democratic nominee for a seat on the FCC. Today, that nominee is now Chairwoman. As she looks ahead to her new role, how Jessica Rosenworcel got to the highest post at the FCC wasn't an easy ride.
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