An updated version of "The Public and Broadcasting," a Commission publication which all broadcasters must place in their public inspection files, was released on April 24. All broadcasters must replace the former version of the document with the revised version immediately and also must be prepared to provide copies to any member of the public who requests one.
The Commission also announced that it will provide two "Broadcast Information Specialists," one in the Media Bureau's Audio Division and the other in its Video Division, to serve as contact points for the public to ...… Continue Reading
It's fish-or-cut-bait time for folks who filed more than 10 applications for FM translators in FM Auction No. 83 back in 2003: if you still have more than 10 applications pending from that window, you must decide - by April 3 - which 10 you want to continue to prosecute, and which others may be dismissed. If you fail to make that call by April 3, the FCC will make it for you.
In a Public Notice released March 4, the Commission followed up on the "limit of 10" policy which it had announced in ...… Continue Reading
With the publication of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on
localism in the February 13, 2008 Federal
Register, the deadline to submit Comments in the proceeding has been set
for March 14, 2008. Reply Comments will be due on April 14, 2008.
As discussed previously on this blog, the
NPRM presents a laundry list of tentative conclusions and proposed rules that
would turn the clock back nearly three decades, forcing broadcasters to comply
with costly and burdensome requirements, including a return to ascertainment
requirements similar to those required of licensees through the early-1980's. ...
The release of the Commission's January 24, 2008 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") announcing a laundry list of tentative conclusions and proposed rules concerning localism sent immediate shockwaves throughout the broadcast industry. Particularly following up on the heels of the recently released Television Standardized and Enhanced Disclosure Requirement Report & Order (see our coverage of this R&O here, and more in depth coverage in the January edition of Memorandum to Clients).
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On January 24, 2008, the Commission finally released the Report
& Order containing the standardized and enhanced disclosure
requirements which it had decided to impose on the television broadcast
industry last November. In our November Memo to Clients we
described the FCC's action based on the public notice issued by the Commission
then. The release of the R&O provides us with the detailed
nitty-gritty of what the FCC is imposing on the industry.
On the morning of a very controversial Open Meeting at the FCC, three items were deleted from the agenda. But the deleted items were not the ones at the source of the controversy.
The Commission removed items concerning competitive market conditions for commercial mobile services, an NPRM addressing sponsorship identification rules and embedded advertising, and an item considering two NPRMs addressing satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) and Wireless Communications Service licenses. The latter was adopted by the Commission prior to the Meeting.
What remained ominously on the agenda, however, were the items concerning media ownership and localism ...… Continue Reading
One day before the December 18 FCC Open Meeting in which Chairman Kevin Martin planned to bring his media ownership proposal to a scheduled vote, 25 senators signed a letter to Martin issuing yet another warning from Congress that his actions are inappropriate.
The letter, organized by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), stated that if the Commission proceeds with final action on the media ownership proposal on December 18, "we will immediately move legislation that will revoke and nullify the proposed rule.
The congressmen pointed out that just 28 days were allotted for comment between the issuance of ...… Continue Reading
Just five days before the final FCC Open Meeting of 2007, the controversy surrounding Chairman Kevin Martin's media ownership proposal has reached a fever pitch. Martin's fellow Commissioners, many Congressmen and commenters on both sides of the issue have barraged Martin with an onslaught of criticism for the manner by which he released his proposal and his inclusion of the item on the Dec. 18 agenda. The proposal was announced on Nov. 13 in what a group of commenters including Common Cause, the ...… Continue Reading
One day after Chairman Martin issued his proposal in which newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership would be allowable only in the top 20 markets (see Harry Cole's article on November 13, 2007 for details), FCC Democratic Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein blasted the proposal in a joint statement.
The Commissioners labeled Martin's plan a "wolf in sheep's clothing," ...
The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) containing that proposal has been published in the Federal Register (on Tuesday, November 6). With that publication, the deadlines for comments and reply comments have been established. If you want to file comments, you have until January 7, 2008. Reply comments are due on February 4, 2008. The NPRM was issued in August ...… Continue Reading
In a letter to Chairman Kevin Martin on Tuesday, the National Association of Broadcasters informed the Commission of its plans to educate the public on the February 17, 2009 hard date to complete the digital transition.
As reported in Michael Richards' article posted August 21, the Commission is seeking public comment concerning how to best prepare the public for the transition. The NAB letter, written by NAB Joint Chairman Jack Sander, previewed the formal comments that the association will file in the proceeding ...… Continue Reading