Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here. This update was published today, and provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0 standard at one end of the alphabet to White Spaces and Wireless Microphones on the other – with quick updates on the status of other issues including the Incentive Auction, EEO compliance, Political Advertising and Sponsorship Identification, along with dozens of other topics, many with links to our more detailed discussions here on the Blog. This quarter, we’ve even added discussions of drones and copyright issues that can arise from posting photos on a station’s website. If you are trying to keep on top of all the other legal and regulatory issues TV broadcasters should be considering this fall, or if you are looking for the current status of specific proceedings potentially impacting TV broadcasters, check out our most recent updated summary, here.
Of course, there are issues that radio broadcasters face as well. Last week, I updated the Kansas Association of Broadcasters on the regulatory issues facing broadcasters – both radio and TV. The slides that I used for my presentation at the KAB Annual Convention in Wichita are available here. In that presentation, I discussed issues including AM revitalization and FM translators, the online public inspection file, music licensing, political broadcasting, and other matters. While none of these articles or presentations can be comprehensive, these slides and the TV NewsCheck update, at least give you a quick overview of the many issues that broadcasters should be watching to stay on top of their legal obligations.