U.S. Congress

LRFA Support Grows In House, Senate

Five Members of the House of Representatives and two Senators have added their co-sponsorship to a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. 

Pai’s Plea To Senate Seeks OK On 2020 Budget

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday offered a general assessment of what the Commission has accomplished in recent months while presenting a fiscal 2020 budget request that trims its 2019 dollars by a few million dollars.

FCC Opens Comment Period On Univision Radio Plan

In mid-April, it became known that Univision wants the FCC's approval to give a Mexico-based wholly owned subsidiary direct ownership of Univision Radio. A foreign ownership ruling was requested, and the FCC just said yes. Here's when Comments are due.

Polka Pans Sinclair’s Plan For RSNs

A Pittsburgh-based group is voicing its dissent to a deal that would see Sinclair Broadcast Group grab regional sports networks (RSNs) being spun in order for The Walt Disney Co. to complete its purchase of Twenty-First Century Fox.

TEGNA Head To DOJ: Restrictive Views Impede Deals, Growth

Among the media industry leaders testifying Friday at a DOJ public workshop on competition in TV and digital advertising was TEGNA's Dave Lougee. What did he have to share? His GOP-friendly "light-touch" approach to media rules.

FCC’s May Open Meeting Set For Busy Thursday

The FCC's official agenda for its May Open Meeting was released, and it will be held May 9 — the same day as several Q1 2019 earnings calls and a press conference from Telemundo focused on its 2019-2020 Upfront presentation.

Public Broadcasting: First Funding Bump In A Decade?

A House Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday recommended $495 million in advance funding for public broadcasting in fiscal year 2022, the first increase for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 10 years.

ATVA Assails Possible Elimination Of Top 4 TV Rule

The American Television Alliance (ATVA) has provided the FCC with "overwhelming evidence" that so-called top-four duopolies lead to higher prices for consumers. The group also asked the FCC to not only reject any consideration of relaxing its “top-four prohibition” but also eliminate all existing loopholes and investigate “sidecar” sharing arrangements among broadcasters.

Lines In The Sand On Radio’s Possible Deregulation

A major tug of war is shaping up between broadcasters in favor of deregulation and those against it, with the NAB and Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly fueling a dramatic loosening of lower ownership caps. Entercom is in this camp. The opposition is building.

Pai On 5G: Trump Will Let Private Sector Take The Lead

Ensuring 5G's rollout is done smartly and efficiently will see the private sector take the lead. That's according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who said so in an editorial appearing in the April 26 edition of The Kansas City Star.

The May Regulatory Calendar For Radio and TV

With the June 3 filing deadline fast approaching for license renewals for radio stations, LPFMs and translators included, in the Washington, D.C., DMA, properties licensed to any community in the region should prepare their applications now. Noted D.C. attorney David Oxenford shares tips.

A ‘STELAR’ Response To DirecTV, DISH ‘Non-Answers’ To Congress

Congressional debate over the expiration of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) has led the NAB to respond to what it calls "non-answers" from the nation's two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers.

It’s Coming: The C-Band Certification Deadline

On April 11, the FCC released a Public Notice outlining the procedures for submitting the required certifications and related information by May 28.  Operators of FSS earth stations that were licensed or in use prior to April 19, 2018, must therefore submit information detailed here.

Non-Winning Bid In FCC’s Auction 1001? Here’s What To Do

The Commission's Incentive Auction Task Force has announced the public availability of information related to non-winning bids in its Auction 1001. Here's all you need to know on what to do.
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Benner on Washington: Public Files and Alt-Inspections Redux

What is truly needed for a broadcast television station to remain in compliance with FCC regulations regarding its Public File? Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner has quite a tale to tell of one of one station’s compliance efforts to keep its “Issues/Program Lists” up to snuff.

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