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FCC Announces Annual Regulatory Fee Deadline, Gives Break to Small Market Radio Stations and Stations in Hurricane-Affected Areas

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Breaking News: Moments before the release of this post, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing an extension of time to the end of the government’s fiscal year for regulatory fee payors in areas affected by Hurricanes...more

FCC Pushes Back New Unified Ownership Report Filing Deadline for Commercial and NCE Broadcast Stations

The FCC announced on Friday afternoon that it would push back the December 1, 2017 deadline for commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations to file their biennial ownership reports. Rather than opening the filing window...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ July 2017

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Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue...more

Commissioner O’Rielly Again Targets Pirate Broadcasters and Their Supporters to Walk the Enforcement Plank

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Commissioner Michael O’Reilly called for stronger enforcement action to combat unauthorized “pirate” radio broadcasters in a statement before the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce...more

This RMLC/GMR Fight Is No Joke

Originally published in Radio Ink - January 12, 2017. Most radio stations have received emails in the past several weeks from both the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and Global Music Rights (GMR) regarding an...more

Patent Holder Sues CBS and iHeart Over Digital Audio Signal Transmission Systems

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Digital Stream IP, LLC filed two separate complaints in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas against CBS Radio Inc. and iHeartMedia, Inc., alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No....more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ March 2017

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Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

By April 10, 2017, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February...more

FCC Sets April 10th as First Day for New, More Flexible FM Translator Rules

AM radio stations owners should mark April 10th on their calendars. That is the official effective date for new FCC rules governing FM translator location—and it gives AM stations more options than before in placing those...more

FCC Approves First 100% Foreign Owner of US Broadcast Stations

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On March 31, 2017, Frontier Media, LLC will close on its purchase of 15 radio stations (8 FM/7 AM) in Alaska, Texas and Arkansas, becoming the first 100 percent foreign owned entity to own U.S. broadcast stations. The Federal...more

Are You Liable If Your Station is Hacked?

Somehow, hackers manage access to your radio station audio chain and broadcast alternate programming with indecent or profane content. What will be the FCC’s reaction? Do you notify the FCC? Originally published on Radio...more

A (Howard) Stern Reminder on Taxpayer Information Confidentiality

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Howard Stern fans are accustomed to hearing the satellite radio personality rant about the federal government. Now, in an unusual twist of fate, Stern and the federal government are on the same side of a lawsuit that...more

A Change of Pace? Pirate Radio Actions Signal A Possible Shift to Accelerated Issuance of Forfeiture Orders

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a pair of forfeiture orders against pirate radio operators. Each was subject to a $25,000 fine for allegedly continually operating unlicensed...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ February 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue...more

FCC Eliminates Two Public File Requirements: One for Broadcasters and One for Cable Operators

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai chaired his first Commission meeting yesterday with a slimmed-down Commission consisting of two Republicans (Pai and Michael O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Mignon Clyburn). The FCC will likely be back...more

Letters From the Public: Pai FCC Takes First Step on Broadcast Deregulation

It took a while to get to this point, but at the first public meeting of the Pai FCC, the Commission voted today to eliminate the requirement that stations maintain “Letters and Emails from the Public” in their public...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; Class A TV...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

By Jan. 10, 2017, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during October, November...more

FCC Postpones 2017 Noncommercial Biennial Ownership Report Deadlines Until December 1

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Noncommercial stations caught a break today. For many years, broadcast stations filed annual ownership reports on the anniversary date of their license renewal deadline. Since those deadlines varied from state to state (and...more

First-Wave Radio Stations Must Upload Existing Public File Materials by December 24

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With December 24 approaching, radio stations across the country are checking their quarterly programs/issues lists twice, lest the FCC leave coal in their stocking this holiday season (and no, nothing even comes close to...more

Sorry, Mr. Burns: Nielsen’s TLR Has Nothing To Do With FCC Market Definitions

In 2003, the FCC changed the local radio market definition for rated markets under its ownership rules from the contour-overlap methodology to the Arbitron Metro geographic market. The FCC defined the radio market for...more

The Song Remains the Same

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that there would be no modifications to the 1941 ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees. The main thrust of the DOJ decision was a confirmation that each consent decree...more

Flo & Eddie Court Battle Continues Next Week

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Matchinger LLP, partner William Hochberg was quoted in a Daily Journal article, “Flo & Eddie Court Battle Continues Next Week.” The November 7th article, written by reporter Steven Crighton,...more

Social Links: Facebook at Work; Google’s Allo messaging app; Snapchat’s Spectacles

Facebook at Work, the on-the-job version of the web’s most popular social media platform, will launch in London on October 10th. Add iHeartRadio to the list of Internet radio platforms that will be offering an on demand...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

By October 10, 2016, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

What The FCC’s Foreign Ownership Move Means To You

In a notice of proposed rule making that impacts existing US radio broadcasters in only a most ancillary way, the FCC is proposing to streamline and make more transparent its review and coordination of foreign ownership...more

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