FCC Announces Dates for “Long-Form” Applications by AM Stations that Filed for New FM TranslatorsPosted On: November 1, 2017
The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice announcing a filing window from December 1 through December 21 for “long-form” applications for new translators that were filed in this summer’s window for Class C and D AM stations to seek new FM translators to rebroadcast their stations. The Public Notice also sets the procedures for filing in this window. The window is for the filing of complete Form 349 applications by applicants who were deemed to be “singletons,” i.e. their applications would not cause interference to any other translator applicant. The list of singletons is here. ... Read More
November Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Including Broadcast Ownership, ATSC, Main Studio, EAS, TV Improvements and FM Translator SettlementsPosted On: October 31, 2017
While November is an odd numbered month in which there are no deadlines for EEO Public File or Mid-term Reports, and it is not the beginning of a new calendar quarter when Quarterly Issues Programs Reports are added to a station’s public file and Quarterly Children’s Television Reports are filed with the FCC, that does not mean that there are no dates of interest to broadcasters this month. In fact, there are numerous policy issues that will be decided this month, and filing dates both for television broadcasters and AM broadcasters seeking FM translators for their stations.
The biggest policy dates will be November 16, ... Read More
FCC Announces Information Session on Revised Biennial Ownership ReportsPosted On: October 30, 2017
The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice announcing that it will be holding an information session on November 28, 2017 at 1 PM Eastern Time to familiarize broadcasters with the new Biennial Ownership Report forms. This information session can be viewed live online and will also be archived for viewing after the session (archive to be available here). As we wrote here, the FCC has extended to March 2, 2018 the due date for filing Biennial Ownership Reports, as it is in the process of developing a new form that will, ... Read More
FCC Approves Repeal of Main Studio Rules and Starts Proceeding to Examine Broadcast Public Notices and Filing of TV Ancillary and Supplementary Revenue ReportsPosted On: October 24, 2017
At the FCC meeting yesterday, the FCC repealed, on a 3 to 2 vote, the main studio and studio staffing requirements for TV and radio broadcasters. The final order, here, was substantially unchanged from the draft we described when it was released last month. Broadcasters need no longer have a main studio or even locate employees in their service areas, but must continue to serve the needs of their community, reflect that service in quarterly issues programs lists, and maintain a toll-free number that will allow local residents to contact the station. Stations that have not completely converted to the online public file must also maintain a local paper file until the online conversion is complete. ... Read More
FCC Votes to End “Main Studio Rule”Posted On: October 24, 2017
By John Eggerton
Broadcasting & Cable
A politically divided FCC has voted to eliminate the main studio rule. The vote was 3-2 with the two Democrats strongly dissenting.
That was the almost eight-decade old requirement that broadcasters, radio and TV, maintain a main studio in or near their community of license.
The FCC voted unanimously last May to propose eliminating the almost eight decades old rule. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had said it had become outdated because in the digital age the community has access and can engage with stations via social media or email without having a physical studio nearby. ... Read More
Court Rejects Appeal of FCC Decision Not to Mandate Multilingual EAS Alerts – Highlighting Requirement that Broadcasters Report To Their SECC in Early November About Emergency Information to Non-English SpeakersPosted On: October 17, 2017
The United States Court of Appeals yesterday issued an order denying the appeal of an FCC order that rejected a requirement that multilingual EAS alerts be provided in every market. We wrote about the FCC’s proceeding here and here. The Court upheld the FCC’s decision as reasonable, finding that the Commission did not have enough evidence to determine how such alerts should be implemented on a nationwide basis, and noting that the FCC was still reviewing whether to adopt requirements that broadcasters provide alerts in languages other than English in the future. That decision should serve as a reminder that in the FCC order rejecting the call to mandate multilingual EAS alerts in all markets, ... Read More
NAB STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S TWEET REGARDING TV LICENSE RENEWALSPosted On: October 11, 2017
NAB STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S TWEET
REGARDING TV LICENSE RENEWALS
WASHINGTON — In response to a tweet by President Donald Trump regarding TV license renewals, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:
“The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press. It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.”
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. ... Read More
#VegasStrongPosted On: October 6, 2017
Two More Paperwork Burdens Proposed for Relaxation Under FCC’s Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative – TV Ancillary and Supplementary Revenue Reports and Public Notice RequirementsPosted On: October 5, 2017
In addition to the elimination of the main studio rule (about which we wrote here), another media item is proposed for consideration at the FCC’s October 24 meeting. A draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was released earlier this week proposing two changes in FCC requirements – neither change, in and of itself, offering any fundamental modifications of significant regulation, but both showing that this Commission is looking to eliminate bothersome burdens on broadcasters where those burdens are unnecessary in today’s media world or where they do not serve any real regulatory purpose. One change proposes to limit the requirement for TV stations to file Ancillary and Supplementary Revenue Reports to those stations that actually have such revenue, ... Read More
Unite Nevada Day October 6Posted On: October 5, 2017
In the aftermath of the terrible shootings in Las Vegas, the broadcasters of the great state of Nevada are asking you to join them for “Broadcasters Unite Nevada Day”. This Friday, October 6th we are asking the entire state to show their unity by wearing our state colors of Silver and Blue. Change your Facebook profile picture to represent you are Nevada Proud and Las Vegas Strong. #NevadaProud #VegasStrong #BroadcastersUniteNV ... Read More
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Introducing New Chair Viola Cody
I am truly honored and privileged to serve as the New Chairman of the Nevada Broadcasters Association. I have been on the board for over 10 years and worked in broadcasting for over 30. I first began my career in broadcasting as a News Producer, Reporter, Anchor and News Director. From there I went on to broadcast sales, became a Sales Manager and am currently the General Manager for Entravision Reno, overseeing one radio and three television stations.
I come with a true love of Broadcasting. Broadcasters along with their news organizations, promotions departments and public service teams continue to be relevant, providing our local communities with critical news information, programming and entertainment content that often improve the quality and purpose of our lives.
As Chairman I plan to direct and lead the NVBA team consisting of our CEO & President, Board of Directors and Staff, as we continue to advocate policy on behalf of our association member stations and the broadcasting industry at large.
I have confidence in our NVBA team knowing that we will continue to fulfill our mission, strengthen our membership and prosper as a Broadcaster’s Association.
Chair of the Board