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FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ December 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. The FCC proposed a $20,000...more

Broadcasters Face a (Re)Packed 2018

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Each year around this time, Pillsbury’s Communications Practice releases its Broadcasters’ Calendar for the upcoming year. It may not be the perfect stocking stuffer, but broadcasters that don’t read it closely are much more...more

Broadcast Station Quarterly Reports Due January 10, 2018

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By January 10, 2018, 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 Enforcement Monitor ~ November 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. In its most recent salvo against...more

FCC Finds the Case for Broadcast Ownership Deregulation Compelling

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After much public debate, the FCC voted 3-2 today to reconsider and reverse the prior decision of the Wheeler FCC to leave the broadcast ownership rules largely unchanged in the 2010/2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review. As...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor - October 2017

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After a unique investigation involving a television host’s Twitter account, a New York Police Department investigation into criminal impersonation of a police officer, and a bomb threat to Times Square, the FCC fined a New...more

FCC Eliminates the Main Studio Rule and Begins Proceeding to Eliminate Additional Broadcast Regulations

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On October 24, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating the 80-year old requirement that TV and radio broadcasters maintain a main studio and locate employees in or near their community of license. The decision...more

The Main Studio Rule Is Dead; Long Live the Main Studio

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In a move that would have once been stunning, but which now was so expected as to be anticlimactic, the FCC today voted to eliminate the Main Studio Rule. In doing so, it also eliminated various associated requirements such...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ September 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. The FCC entered into a Consent...more

FCC Proposes First-Ever Forfeiture Against Property Owners for Facilitating Pirate Radio Operations

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Continuing its assault on unlicensed broadcast operations, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a unanimous Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) at its September meeting proposing the statutory...more

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

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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

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...

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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

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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?

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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 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

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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

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...

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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

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