FCC Officially Starts Proceedings to Abolish Main Studio Rule and Review All Other Broadcast RulesPosted On: May 18, 2017
As expected, at its monthly open meeting yesterday, the FCC started two proceedings of particular importance to broadcasters. The first looks at the abolition of the main studio rules. The second asks for comments on all of the other rules affecting broadcasters and other media companies to see which are ripe for appeal. For the most part, the proposals as adopted mirrored the draft orders released for public review back at the end of April, which we summarized here.
The proposal to review all media rules – referred to as the Modernization of Media Regulation – will look at all media-related FCC rules with the idea of eliminating or modifying those that no longer make sense in the modern media environment. ... Read More
Broadcasters Day in Carson City 2017Posted On: May 15, 2017
View pictures from the day here.
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Announcement of FCC Window for AM Stations to File For New FM Translators Coming Very SoonPosted On: May 13, 2017
At the NAB Convention, Chairman Pai announced that the promised windows for AM stations to apply for new FM translators would open this summer (see our article here). It now looks as if that promise is about to become a reality as on Friday the FCC added to its list of “items on circulation” a Public Notice announcing that window. Each week, the FCC updates this list of items on circulation (see the list here). These “items” are the orders that have been written by the FCC staff and are now being reviewed by the Commissioners themselves. ... Read More
5 Questions on the Meaning of the FCC’s Recent Ruling on Online Recruiting – How Does it Change a Broadcaster’s EEO Obligations?Posted On: May 9, 2017
The FCC recently issued a declaratory ruling (which we summarized here) addressing the requirement that broadcasters widely disseminate information about all of their job openings in such a way as to reach all of the groups within their communities. The recent FCC decision stated that a broadcaster can now rely solely on online sources to meet the wide dissemination obligation. In the past, the sole reliance on online sources would have brought a fine from the FCC, so this is a big change for broadcasters – one which recognizes the realities in the world today as to where people actually go to find information about job openings . ... Read More
Update: Comment Dates Set on Prometheus Petition for Reconsideration of Relaxation of Siting Rules for FM Translators Rebroadcasting AM StationsPosted On: May 4, 2017
Earlier this week, we wrote about a number of proceedings affecting FM translators, including the Petition for Reconsideration (available here) of the FCC decision relaxing the rules governing the locations at which AM stations using FM translators to rebroadcast their signal can locate those translators (see our summary here). Notice of that Petition has now been published in the Federal Register, setting May 19 as the date for formal oppositions to the petition, with replies due May 30. As many AM stations with FM translators have already filed applications relying on the new rules, ... Read More
Hey Nevada! Episode 3, Cara ClarkePosted On: May 1, 2017
Mary Beth Sewald, The President and CEO of The Nevada Broadcasters Association interviews Cara Clarke, the Executive Director of the Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas. ... Read More
FM Translators Still Contentious – New Filing Window, Suggestions for Resolving Interference Complaints and a Request for Reconsideration of Relaxation of Rules on the Location of FM Translators for AM StationsPosted On: April 30, 2017
For well over a decade, since the FM translator filing window of 2003, translators have been a controversial subject. While they have become more important to the broadcast ecosystem – especially as they now rebroadcast AM stations and HD-2 channels of FM stations – their use continues to be controversial, both because of the interference to other stations that is sometimes caused by new translators, and because of their perceived conflicts with LPFM applicants. With the recent announcement from FCC Chairman Pai that the first window for applications for new translators to serve AM stations that did not benefit from last year’s 250-mile waiver window will be accepted this summer, ... Read More
Making Good on Deregulation – FCC Proposes to Eliminate Main Studio Rules and Review All Other Broadcast Regulatory RequirementsPosted On: April 27, 2017
In his speech at the NAB Convention (available here), Chairman Pai promised to pursue a broadcast regulatory regime that made sense in today’s competitive media environment. He promised to move quickly to eliminate a number of the unnecessary broadcast rules, and specifically to repeal the main studio rule (see our articles here and here about the current requirements for the operation and staffing of the main studio). Yesterday, the FCC took its first steps to quickly fulfill those promises, releasing two draft orders to be considered at its May 18 meeting, one to repeal the main studio rule and the second announcing the opening of a proceeding to review all of the other rules that govern broadcasters except the ownership rules that are already under consideration in other proceedings (see our posts here and here about some of the ownership rules already under review). ... Read More
Nevada’s Broadcasters Hold Exclusive Meeting with FCC Chairman Ajit PaiPosted On: April 26, 2017
Nevada’s Broadcasters enjoyed an intimate and exclusive meeting with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. He was open, friendly and very obviously sincere about creating a new environment at the FCC that is broadcaster-friendly. No topic was off limits from the Incentive Auction Repack and how that will affect translators, to EAS field issues, ownership rules, opening the window for license application and internet regulation. (He said he has no interest in regulating programming on the internet).
Tom Axtell of VegasPBS brought a coverage map which showed the translator coverage currently, and another one showing the lack of coverage after the incentive auction repack if a solution to the translator issue is not resolved. ... Read More
Nevada Broadcasters Association to Receive Silver Syringe AwardPosted On: April 26, 2017
The Nevada Broadcasters Association is honored to be the recipient Southern Nevada Silver Syringe award as an outstanding media partner presented by Immunize Nevada. The awards ceremony will take place on April 27, 2017 in Las Vegas.
We are proud of our Public Education Partnership in promoting a positive message about vaccines and how to keep our communities healthy!
NVBA President Mary Beth Sewald was honored to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Northern Silver Syringe Award presentations on April 20, 2017.
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