The official release on August 25 of the Federal Communications Commission’s Second Report and Order on its broadcast cross-ownership rules confirms that the FCC has opted to keep in place its 41-year-old cross-ownership ban on newspapers and radio and/or television companies.
That should give the two FCC Commissioners set to be in attendance at next month’s 2016 Radio Show in Nashville plenty to talk about – in between the two sessions at which they’ll appear.
Commissioner Ajit Pai will provide the opening remarks for a September 22 session from 2:15pm-3:15pm CT called “Keeping Up with the Changing Radio Regulatory Landscape.”
This panel is designed to discuss the major issues facing radio broadcasters today: AM radio revitalization, ambient noise, FM translators, pirate radio interference and the new online public file requirements, among other topics.
Panelists include the FCC’s Jim Bradshaw, who serves as Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau’s Audio Division, Bonneville International VP/Business Affairs and General Counsel Mike Dowdle, and Univision Communications SVP/Associate General Counsel Chris Wood.
Immediately following the session, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will participate in an hour-long “conversation.”
That’s where things could get particularly interesting, as the Radio Show did not delve into details on what Clyburn might share with Radio Show attendees.
Both Pai and Clyburn will stick around to present awards at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show.
The 2016 Radio Show is set for September 21-23 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.