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FCC Continues Push for Media Modernization – Eliminates Media Ownership Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 16, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating several long-standing media ownership rules. The move by the FCC represents a major change in policy, and another step in the FCC’s ongoing media...more

FCC Finds the Case for Broadcast Ownership Deregulation Compelling

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

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

Most TV Stations Can Stop Drafting Their DTV Ancillary Services Report

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC today released an Order waiving, at least for this year, the requirement that full power, Class A and low power television stations file what has traditionally been known as a Form 317 report by December 1. More...more

ACCC Releases Media Merger Guidelines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has released new guidelines on mergers in the media industry. Looking Ahead: The new guidelines provide some—but not sufficient—clarification on...more

FCC Circulates Draft Order Authorizing ATSC 3.0 Broadcasting

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the FCC released a draft Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would permit TV broadcasters to use the next generation broadcast television transmission standard (“ATSC 3.0”) on...more

FCC Locks in Dates for Short Lifting of Upgrade Freeze for Unrepacked TV Stations

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC announced in October that it would be lifting its 2013 freeze on certain TV station modification applications that would increase a station’s coverage area. Lifting the freeze would let full-power and Class A TV...more

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

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

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

FAA Grants CNN Approval to Operate Drones Over People in the “Real World”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and...more

Breaking News: FCC Releases Details of Its Proposed ATSC 3.0 Approval

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

This evening the FCC released the Agenda for its November 16 Public Meeting, and as anticipated, the two Media items on it are the Reconsideration of the FCC’s Broadcast Ownership Rules and the FCC’s proposed approval of ATSC...more

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

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

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

After Nearly 5 Years, FCC Lifting Freeze on Mods for Unrepacked Full-Power and Class A TV Stations

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC announced late today that the freeze that has been in place since April 2013 which prevents full-power and Class A TV stations from filing applications to expand their coverage areas will be lifted temporarily, likely...more

TV Stations’ First Ever Quarterly Transition Progress Report Due October 10

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

As we noted back in April (has it really been that long ago?) when the FCC first announced the TV spectrum repack deadlines, TV stations being repacked now have yet another quarterly filing obligation. Television stations...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, 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 July, August and...more

FCC Announces Modification Window for Repacked and Band-Changing Stations

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC announced yesterday that repacked and band-changing television and Class A television stations will have the opportunity to file applications to specify a new channel or expand their proposed facilities between...more

Changes to Australia's Media Ownership Regime Pave Way for Mergers and Acquisitions

by Jones Day on

The Australian government has secured the long-awaited support it needed from independent Senate cross-benchers to make sweeping changes to Australia's media ownership laws. ...more

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

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

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

Broadcasters Encounter FCC System Obstacles in Meeting Monday Deadline for EAS Form 1 Filing

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC and FEMA have established September 27, 2017 as the date for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Like last year’s test, all EAS participants must file Form 1 a month before the test. The...more

Another step forward filling in blanks in the cyber security law or more questions than answers?

by Hogan Lovells on

Another step forward filling in blanks in the cyber security law or more questions than answers? On 11 July 2017, the China Cyberspace Administration ("CAC") released the draft Key Security ("Draft Regulations") for public...more

CNN Joint-Employer Appeal Goes Against NLRB; Employers Embrace Decision, But Issue Remains Unresolved

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board suffered a minor blow to its effort to expand its joint employer standard when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to enforce the Board’s decision in CNN...more

Attention Repacked TV Broadcasters: First Priority Filing Window Opens August 9th

On July 31, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the dates of the first priority filing window for broadcast stations reassigned to new channels as a result of the Incentive Auction. For eligible TV stations, the...more

Upon Further Review – Nationals Get Second Swing At Orioles Over TV Dispute

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A New York court of appeals last week declared the Orioles and Nationals will play extra innings in the teams’ longstanding dispute over fees the Orioles’ Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) owes the Nationals for broadcasting...more

July 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Expands Video Described Programming Requirement

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In advance of its July Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) unanimously adopted a Report and Order (Order) that revises the rules requiring certain video programming providers to make video...more

FCC Expands Video Description Requirements, but Only on Quarterly Hour Requirements

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In a Report and Order released July 12, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased the amount of video described programming required for affiliates of the top four broadcast networks and top five...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ June 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 includes: -...more

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