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FCC Releases Multiple Items Implementing Rules for Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA)

Posted in Cable Carriage, Digital Television
Yesterday, the FCC released four different items to implement the changes enacted by Congress in the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, better known as STELA. With one item addressing significantly viewed out-of-market stations, two items regarding signal prediction and measurements for the reception of DTV signals, and a Public Notice requesting comments and data … Continue Reading

David Oxenford Discusses Legal Issues at the Christian Music Broadcasters Momentum ’09 Conference

Posted in Appearances
On September 10, 2009, David Oxenford addressed the Christian Music Broadcasters’ Momentum ’09 Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Dave’ s presentation was titled 18 Issues in 18 Minutes: What a Broadcaster Should Worry About From Washington DC.  In 18 minutes, Dave discussed topics including the FCC’s proposed localism rules, sponsorship identification and noncommercial underwriting issues, contest fines, FCC technical operating and … Continue Reading

A Full Five Person FCC – What’s Next For Broadcasters?

Posted in Advertising Issues, General FCC, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
For the first time since the term of FCC Commissioner Tate expired and Chairman Martin resigned, the FCC will be back to full strength with the Senate’s approval of new FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker.  What issues of importance to broadcasters will the Commission, now headed by Chairman Julius Genachowski, take up in coming months?   The … Continue Reading

NAB President David Rehr to Leave – What’s Next for His Replacement?

Posted in Broadcast Performance Royalty, General FCC
National Association of Broadcasters President David Rehr today announced his decision to leave the Association, leaving the NAB without a leader at a time when the Association is facing an incredible number of challenges in Washington. One can only hope that the NAB acts quickly to replace Rehr with someone prepared to aggressively address the needs of an … Continue Reading

Julius Genachowski as New FCC Chair – What Will It Mean to Broadcasting’s Future?

Posted in General FCC, Internet Radio, Internet Video, Multiple Ownership Rules, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
The press was abuzz yesterday with the news that Julius Genachowski is apparently the pick of the Obama Administration for the position of FCC Chairman.  Mr. Genachowski was at the FCC during the Reed Hundt Administration, and has since worked in the private sector in the telecommunications industry, including work with Barry Diller and running … Continue Reading

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball – The Outlook for Broadcast Regulation in 2009

Posted in Advertising Issues, AM Radio, Broadcast Performance Royalty, Cable Carriage, Digital Radio, Digital Television, EEO Compliance/Diversity, Fairness Doctrine, General FCC, Indecency, Internet Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Multiple Ownership Rules, Payola and Sponsorship Identification, Political Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
Come the New Year, we all engage in speculation about what’s ahead in our chosen fields, so it’s time for us to look into our crystal ball to try to discern what Washington may have in store for broadcasters in 2009. With each new year, a new set of regulatory issues face the broadcaster from the … Continue Reading

The Promise of an Obama Administration for Broadcast and Communications Regulation

Posted in EEO Compliance/Diversity, General FCC, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
With Barack Obama’s historic victory just sinking in, all over Washington (and no doubt elsewhere in the country), the speculation begins as to what the new administration will mean to various sectors of the economy (though, in truth, that speculation has been going on for months).  What will his administration mean for broadcasters?  Will the Obama administration mean … Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Solution on Localism – What’s Being Requested?

Posted in Public Interest Obligations/Localism
We’ve written much about the FCC Localism proceeding and the potential for some resolution of that proceeding in the near term. At the NAB Radio Show, held the week before last, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin suggested that broadcasters should voluntarily agree on a localism plan before there is any change in the administration at the … Continue Reading

While the FCC Looks to Mandate Localism For Broadcasters – The Huffington Post Leads the Way to the Internet Going Local To Respond to the Market

Posted in On Line Media, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
We’ve written extensively about the FCC’s proposals to turn back the hands of time, and return to the regulatory scheme that existed prior to the early 1980s by mandating that broadcasters serve their local communities - in a manner dictated by the FCC.  In the 1980s, the FCC decided that it did not need to micromanage the … Continue Reading

Iowa Broadcasters – Floods, Tornadoes and Localism

Posted in Emergency Communications, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
I’m writing this entry as I return from the annual convention of the Iowa Broadcasters Association, held this year in Des Moines, Iowa. Anyone who has read, watched or listened to the national news this week knows of the terrible tornadoes that devastated a Boy Scout camp in that state, and the floods ravaging many of … Continue Reading

As Comments are Filed in Localism Proceeding, Commissioner Speaks Out

Posted in Public Interest Obligations/Localism
Just prior to the filing of comments in the FCC’s Localism proceeding on April 28, one FCC Commissioner has spoken out, condemning these proposals as being unnecessary in a world of vast media competition, and likely unconstitutional.  According to press reports, Commissioner Robert McDowell last week argued that the rules were unnecessary and counterproductive in a world … Continue Reading

FCC Releases New Version of the Public and Broadcasting and Sets Up Help Desk for Broadcast Complaints

Posted in General FCC, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
The Public and Broadcasting is a document first written by the FCC in the 1970s to tell the public about how the FCC regulates broadcast stations, and to tell the public how they can get involved in the regulatory process.  Broadcasters must maintain a copy of the manual in their public file, and make it … Continue Reading

Comments on Localism Proceeding Due April 28; Congress Chimes In

Posted in Programming Regulations
The deadline for submitting comments in the Commission’s Localism rule making proceeding is fast approaching.  Comments are due by April 28th, and can be filed electronically through the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System.  This proceeding contains a number of significant proposals and could possibly re-institute regulations that were lifted from the broadcast industry decades ago.  Formal ascertainment through … Continue Reading

FCC Form 355 – A Form Without a Reason?

Posted in License Renewal, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The FCC Form 355 requiring "enhanced disclosure" by television stations was a frequent topic of discussion at this week’s NAB Convention in Las Vegas.  That form will require that television broadcasters report significant, detailed information about their programming, providing very detailed reports of the percentage of programming that they devote to news, public affairs, election programming, local programming, … Continue Reading

I-Pod Radio, Internet in Cars and More Broadcast Stations Than Ever – Why Can’t the Marketplace Decide?

Posted in Public Interest Obligations/Localism
In the early 1980s, the FCC deregulated many of the very detailed programing rules that governed broadcasters,  based on the theory that the marketplace would assure that broadcasters provided programming of interest to their local community.  The FCC looked at the marketplace, and decided that broadcasters either had to program to the needs of their community, … Continue Reading

FCC Extends Comment Date on Localism Proceeding

Posted in Public Interest Obligations/Localism
The FCC today released a Public Notice granting the request of several broadcast organizations for an extension of time to respond to the extensive proposals for re-regulating the broadcast industry contained in the FCC’s Localism Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  We wrote about those proposals, here.  Comments, which were to be filed next week, have now been extended, with … Continue Reading

FCC Releases Rules for Enhanced TV Disclosure Requirements

Posted in Digital Television, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The FCC has released the full text of its Order adopting enhanced disclosure requirements for broadcast television stations – requiring that they post their public files on their websites and that they quarterly file a new form, FCC Form 355, detailing their programming in minute detail, breaking it down by specific program categories, and certifying that … Continue Reading

FCC Releases Specifics of Localism Rulemaking – Proposing Lots of New Rules For Broadcasters

Posted in Emergency Communications, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
At its December meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Localism.  At that meeting, while the Commissioners discussed the generalities of the proposals being made, the specifics of the proposals were unknown.  The full text of the NPRM has now been released, and it sets out the areas in which the Commission … Continue Reading

Moving Forward Back to 1980 – The FCC Set to Conclude that Specific Public Interest Obigations are Required for Broadcasters

Posted in License Renewal, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
As we wrote earlier this week, the FCC is to consider at its meeting next Tuesday a Report on the results of its "Localism" proceeding, and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on the findings contained in the Report.  From rumors going around Washington today, that Notice may ask for comments on tentative findings that … Continue Reading

FCC Meeting Agenda for December 18 – Potentially One of the Most Important in Recent Memory – Multiple Ownership, Localism, Minority Ownership, Product Placement and Cable TV National Ownership Caps

Posted in Advertising Issues, Multiple Ownership Rules, Payola and Sponsorship Identification, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The FCC has released its agenda for its December 18 meeting – and it promises to be one of the most important,and potentially most contentious, in recent memory.  On the agenda is the Commission’s long awaited decision on the Chairman’s broadcast multiple ownership plan relaxing broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership rules (see our summary here).  Also, the FCC … Continue Reading

FCC Sets Unusual Public Forum to Assess License Renewal of New Jersey Television Station

Posted in License Renewal, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
In a very unusual, if not unprecedented case, the FCC announced a Public Forum on the license renewal application of WWOR-TV to assess the service provided by that station to the citizens of New Jersey.  While the FCC has in the past held evidentiary hearings on license renewal applications, those hearings were trial-type, adversarial proceedings held … Continue Reading

Shape of Things To Come: New Public Interest Obligations, Changes in TV DMAs and More Flexibility For LPFM

Posted in AM Radio, Cable Carriage, Emergency Communications, FM Translators and LPFM, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
As the Commission held its last localism hearing in Washington on Halloween night, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s views on how the FCC should insure that stations are responsive to their communities became somewhat clearer.  In his opening statement, the Chairman outlined a set of actions that could be taken by the FCC to insure more service to the … Continue Reading

Push to Complete Multiple Ownership Overhaul By the End of the Year

Posted in Digital Radio, Multiple Ownership Rules, Television
According to an article yesterday in Broadcasting and Cable Online, and another article in the New York Times today, Chairman Martin of the FCC is looking to complete the multiple ownership proceeding (which we summarized here) by the middle of December.  According to the Times article, the Chairman is looking for relaxation of the current newspaper-broadcast cross ownership … Continue Reading