Repack Fever Could Lead to Tower Over-Loading or Stations Going DarkPosted On: February 24, 2017
Courtesy of www.insidetowers.com
Meintel, Sgrignoli, and Wallace (MSW) is putting numbers to potential scenarios that can affect public radio FMs co-located with TV stations expected to be impacted by the channel repack following the incentive auction. The Public Radio Satellite System published a report commissioned by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on the repack so public radio stations can see what they’re likely to encounter and plan ahead.
MSW says that 152 CPB-eligible radio stations are within 250 meters of a full-power or Class A television station that may be repacked. ... Read More
NAB’s Smith discusses FCC’s Pai, the future of televisionPosted On: February 22, 2017
Communicators with Gordon Smith National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith talked about the future of television as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered the final round of spectrum auctions and as a new FCC Chair Ajit Paiunder weighs changes to the communications landscape. Other topics included media ownership rules, radio royalties, media mergers, and what he hoped the 115th Congress would do.
Pai Endorses Radio, FM ChipsPosted On: February 17, 2017
By Paul McLane
In one of his first public appearances as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai delivered a ringing endorsement of radio as a “social, local, mobile and vital” medium. But he put the quash on any slim hopes the industry might have held that he would support a mandated FM chip in smartphones.
Speaking to a group of about 70 North American broadcast leaders in a conference room at the National Association of Broadcasters headquarters in Washington, the new chairman brought his trademark sense of humor and personal anecdotes to his remarks. ... Read More
Spectrum Auction to Close March 30Posted On: February 15, 2017
Courtesy of Broadcasting&Cable.com
By John Eggerton
The FCC’s broadcast incentive auction will close for good on March 30.
In a public notice Tuesday, the FCC said it will start the assignment-phase auction March 6, 2017. And in this auction, there is a definite end date—March 30.
The clock-phase of the broadcast incentive auction began May 31, 2016, with broadcasters first offering up spectrum at an exit price in the reverse portion and wireless companies bidding for that spectrum in the forward portion. That forward auction clock phase ended Feb. 10, with a bid total of $19.6 billion. ... Read More
What’s Up for Broadcasters in Washington Under the New Administration – A Look Ahead at TV and Radio FCC Issues for the Rest of 2017Posted On: February 14, 2017
Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog
A new President and a new Chair of the FCC have already demonstrated that change is in the air in Washington. Already we’ve seen Chairman Pai lead the FCC to abolish the requirement that broadcasters maintain letters from the public about station operations in their public file (which will take effect once the Paperwork Reduction Act analysis is finalized), revoke the Media Bureau guidance that had limited Shared Services Agreements in connection with the sales of television stations, and rescind for further consideration FCC decisions about the reporting of those with attributable interests in noncommercial broadcast stations and the admonitions given to TV stations for violations of the obligation for reporting the issues discussed in, ... Read More
FCC Releases First EEO Audit for 2017 – Over 200 Radio and Almost 80 TV Stations Named in the Audit NoticePosted On: February 8, 2017
Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog
In the swirl of news about the deregulatory efforts of the new FCC, one could almost forget that there are still many regulations in place that require significant amounts of paperwork retention by broadcasters. That point was hammered home yesterday, when the FCC released its first EEO audit letter of 2017 for radio and TV broadcasters. The FCC’s public notice announcing the commencement of the audit includes the audit letter that was sent to all of the targeted stations. The list of over 200 radio stations subject to the audit is here. ... Read More
Northern Golf TournamentPosted On: February 6, 2017
The NVBA is excited to announce a northern golf tournament to benefit the Nevada Broadaster’s Tony and Linda Bonnici Scholarship Fund at the beautiful Grizzly Ranch Golf Club. This Scholarship Fund awards up to full tuition scholarships to Nevada Youth. In the past six years, 83 scholarships have been awarded to talented and dedicated students attending Nevada’s colleges or universities.
So round up a foursome of friends and business associates, grab your sticks and support the Nevada Broadcasters Association Scholarship Foundation! ... Read MoreWednesday, June 14th, 2017
Registration begins at 11:30 am, Tee-off is at 1:00 pm.
FCC Chairman Pai Promotes Transparency – Releases Draft Orders on Next-Generation TV and FM Translators for AM Stations – What Will Be Considered for Radio at February FCC Meeting?Posted On: February 2, 2017
Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced yesterday that he plans to test a new FCC procedure – releasing drafts of FCC orders to be considered at future FCC meetings at the same time as the proposed agenda for the meeting is released, weeks in advance of the meeting. On the draft agenda for the February 23rd meeting are two items of interest for broadcasters, and draft orders for both of these items were released yesterday – one for radio and one for TV. By releasing these drafts early, all parties affected by the orders can review them and spot issues which can be brought to the Commissioners’ attention before the orders are adopted. ... Read More
FCC Votes to Abolish Requirement for Retaining Letters From the Public on Station Operations – First Step in Broadcast Deregulation?Posted On: January 31, 2017
Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog
The FCC on Tuesday voted to abolish the 44 year old requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain, in their public file, letters (and emails) from the public dealing with station operations (see the full Order here). As noted by the Commissioners in their comments at the FCC meeting (and as we suggested here and here when this proposal was first introduced), these documents were rarely if ever accessed by the public. Mirroring our comments from last year, the Commission noted that, in today’s world, where social media is where so many people take to comment on each broadcaster’s every action, ... Read More
SBE Ennes Workshop at 2017 NAB ShowPosted On: January 24, 2017
On Saturday, April 22, at 9 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SBE’s annual Ennes Workshop educational program at the NAB Show takes flight for the 23rd time. Attendance requires a full NAB Show registration (available at a discount to SBE members) or either a PBS Techcon or NPR APRE registration and badge.
The Ennes Workshop at the NAB Show has always addressed what broadcast engineers most needed to know to be successful. The presenters are the best teachers, recruited specifically to address the topics at hand.
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