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FCC Begins Formal Inquiry Into Arbitron PPM Audience Measurement

Posted in EEO Compliance/Diversity, General FCC, Multiple Ownership Rules
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry into the use of the Portable People Meter technology of radio audience measurement now being rolled out by Arbitron in radio markets throughout the country.  Several months ago, various groups petitioned the FCC for an inquiry into the PPM, contending that it has certain methodological flaws that undercounted … Continue Reading

NY and NJ State Attorneys General Sue to Stop Roll Out of PPM – What’s A Station to Do?

Posted in Advertising Issues
We recently wrote about the controversy before the FCC about Arbitron‘s roll-out of the Portable People Meter ("PPM").  A number of broadcast groups, particularly those who target minority audiences with their programming, have requested that the FCC hold a hearing as to whether the introduction of the PPM in a number of major radio markets should be allowed, arguing … Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Whether to Begin Investigation of Arbitron PPM – How Far Does FCC Regulatory Power Extend?

Posted in EEO Compliance/Diversity, General FCC, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
Last week, the FCC released a Public Notice asking for comments on whether it should begin a Section 403 investigation into the use of Arbitron’s Portable People Meter ("PPM").  A coalition of broadcast groups, the "PPM Coalition," principally comprised of broadcasters providing service to minority communities, sought the investigation as a way of delaying the implementation … Continue Reading