Benner On Washington: ‘The Ostrich Syndrome’

Long before featured columnist Ken Benner began writing about "the abuse of the media and, in particular, broadcasting," he focused on consumer financial abuse. This fueled his desire to fight for radio and TV station owners. In this column, his discontent with Capitol Hill leaders continues.

Cheers For FCC Extension Of Relocation Funding Filing Deadline

There is applause coming from many low-power TV industry leaders, in reaction to a FCC notice that makes good on a request from two LPTV and TV translator advocacy groups. The groups won an extension of an important deadline for post-Incentive Auction federal reimbursements.

Benner On Washington: ‘From Molehills To Mountains’

The week of Sept. 23 will likely go down as one of the most contentious ones in the history of the U.S. government, says featured columnist Ken Benner. It began with an excellent speech at the National Press Club by the one person in D.C. Benner has the greatest respect for: Ajit Pai.

CPB Names Mitchelson’s Successor As Inspector General

The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has revealed who will succeed Mary Mitchelson as its next Inspector General. Mitchelson retired in April, and as of Oct. 7 the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will join CPB. 

Pai Stops By An Alpha Media Outpost

It's a cold, rainy Wednesday in Brookings, S.D., but Alpha Media is still basking in the warmth of a recent visit to its radio stations by none other than the Chairman of the FCC.

Translator Surge, UHF Growth: The Latest FCC Station Totals

Don't think for a minute that broadcasters have quenched their thirst for FM translators or a booster. The number of translators and boosters surged again in the third quarter, just-released stations totals from the FCC show.

Pai Appoints Swarztrauber To Policy Advisor Position

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Evan Swarztrauber has joined his office as a Policy Advisor. Swarztrauber replaces Nathan Leamer, who recently left the Commission.

AEI: Media Shouldn’t Be Protected From Antitrust

In this column from AEI Visiting Scholar Mark Jamison, questions the "Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2019." The Act would give media companies an antitrust exemption to collectively withhold content and negotiate prices with online distributors with at least 1 billion monthly users.

House Support for Local Radio Freedom Act Nears 200

Three Members of the House of Representatives have added their co-sponsorship to a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations — the "Local Radio Freedom Act." It has 24 co-sponsors in the Senate, too.

NTIA Acting Chief Of Staff Takes #SubCommTech Role

The powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee is welcoming a new member of the senior staff for the committee Republicans: A party-aligned Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which directly oversees the FCC.

FCC Modernizes Rules For DBS Providers

The FCC today rewrote the procedures and rules governing the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service. The decision, the FCC says, aligns the Commission’s DBS processing procedures with its recently streamlined processing procedures for geostationary orbit fixed-satellite service satellites.  

Now Due Friday: FCC Regulatory Fees

Attending the Radio Show and need to sign off on all regulatory payments to the FCC? Head's up: The FCC says that regulatory fees for fiscal year 2019 must be submitted by 10:59pm Central time on September 27.
David Honig

EEO Supporters’ Comments Added To FCC’s Improvements Docket

The FCC is presently engaged in a review of EEO compliance and enforcement in broadcast and MVPD "programming industries," and a review of its broadcast and cable EEO rules and policies. Some 37 national organizations had something to say.

FCC Democrats Applaud Third Circuit Rules Ruling

As RBR+TVBR first reported at, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected the FCC's cross-ownership rules and its incubator program, remanding it for a do-over. FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks were pleased with the ruling.

‘Triple L’ Gets NAL For Public File Violations

Continuous adoration of Christ couldn't prevent a Class D AM with a Black Gospel format from receiving a proposed penalty for sins it committed. The transgressions? Failure to prepare quarterly issues and programs lists and upload the information into the FCC's OPIF.

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