This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: May 8, 2021 to May 14, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In addition, the Commissioner stated that a proposal is now circulating among the Commissioners to regularly gather details from broadcasters on the race and gender of their employees. The FCC in the previous week announced ten additional consent decrees with other broadcasters.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 17, 2021 to July 23, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 26, 2021 to July 2, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 19, 2021 to June 25, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 5, 2021 to June 11, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In news about a broadcast competitor, Rep.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 3, 2021 to July 9, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Revised fees for broadcast applications will take effect July 15.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 10, 2021 to July 16, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, The End of Analog TV, EAS Test Registration Requirement, Radio and TV Rulemakings, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

While summer has started and minds wander to vacation time, there are still many regulatory obligations to which a broadcaster must pay attention in July. July 13 brings a momentous date in the history of television – the end of analog broadcasting.

Celebrating 15 Years of the Broadcast Law Blog

Broadcast Law Blog

In fact, I’m amazed by all the different groups of readers – broadcasters and employees of digital media companies, attorneys and members of the financial community, journalists, regulators, and even students and teachers. Broadcasting is no longer an island unto itself.

Important Dates for Broadcasters in 2019 – A Broadcaster’s Calendar

Broadcast Law Blog

While the shutdown of the Federal government delayed FCC activities in January, with the government back in business (hopefully for the long term), we have put together a Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters for 2019 , available here. While this is not a comprehensive list of all regulatory dates that a broadcaster can expect, and while there can be some changes in these dates as the year goes on, it does provide a start keeping you on top of your regulatory burdens.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: April 17, 2021 to April 23, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. At the FCC’s regular monthly Open Meeting, the Commissioners voted to adopt new rules mandating sponsorship identification of foreign government-provided broadcast programming.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: April 3, 2021 to April 9, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments from the last week of significance to broadcasters, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The National Association of Broadcasters this week announced that its CEO, Gordon Smith, will be stepping down at the end of the year to be replaced by COO, and former head of Government Relations at the NAB, Curtis LeGeyt.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: May 15, 2021 to May 21, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. As we noted in updates over the last three weeks ( here and here ), the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sets out its tentative plan for assessing broadcast regulatory fees to be collected before October 1 of this year.

Important Dates for Broadcasters in 2019 – A Broadcaster’s Calendar

Broadcast Law Blog

While the shutdown of the Federal government delayed FCC activities in January, with the government back in business (hopefully for the long term), we have put together a Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters for 2019 , available here. While this is not a comprehensive list of all regulatory dates that a broadcaster can expect, and while there can be some changes in these dates as the year goes on, it does provide a start keeping you on top of your regulatory burdens.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: April 10, 2021 to April 16, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. According to press reports, broadcasters should pencil in August 11, 2021 on their calendars for the next national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Broadcast Law Blog article ).

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  April 24, 2021 to April 30, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC’s new rules that permit AM broadcasters to convert to all-digital operations became effective April 29.

Fox Urges End to Broadcast Indecency Limits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The broadcaster says that if the FCC continues to police broadcast airwaves, the agency should restrain itself to monitoring the equivalent of "shock treatment." Television Fox Broadcasting Corporation FCC Business The Parents Television Council erupts in outrage. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

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Closing Out the Incentive Auction and TV Repack – FCC Reminds Broadcasters of End Dates for Submitting Invoices for Repacking Expenses

Broadcast Law Blog

The Commission’s staff this week issued a Public Notice reminding broadcasters that the reimbursement program for those broadcasters displaced by the repacking of the television band after the incentive auction is coming to an end. The FCC reminded broadcasters eligible for reimbursement (including certain FM stations and LPTV licensees – see our article here ) that deadlines to submit invoices for reimbursement will start in six months.

FCC Incubator Order Becomes Effective Just as Third Circuit Hears Arguments on 2017 Order Relaxing FCC Broadcast Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The Office of Management and Budget, acting pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, has just approved the FCC’s broadcast incubator program , about which we wrote here. That approval makes the program effective. The program permits an established broadcaster to provide assistance to a new broadcaster (generally, a qualified small business) to enter the radio broadcast industry.

Preparing for the 2020 Elections – Our Updated Political Broadcasting Guide

Broadcast Law Blog

To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules they need to follow in connection with such advertising, we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters (note that the URL for the updated version has not changed from prior versions, so your bookmarks should continue to work). In the upcoming months, I will be doing a number of seminars on these rules for various broadcast associations – watch for announcements on those in the coming months.

June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewal and EEO Filings, Comments and Replies, Auction Upfront Payments, Streaming Rates Announcement, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

Broadcasters could be forgiven for not having regulatory dates and deadlines on the top of their minds. June 3 is also the due date for comments on the FCC’s proposed increase in broadcast regulatory fees , which will be due before October 1. We wrote here and here about the FCC’s tentative plan that raises the fees to be paid by most broadcasters. As the calendar flips to June, pandemic restrictions across the country continue to loosen, and we inch closer to summer.

Could a Supreme Court Decision Affect Disclosure Obligations on Political Advertising?

Broadcast Law Blog

While we are reviewing Supreme Court decisions that could have an impact on broadcasters, including on political advertising, we thought that we should highlight another decision of the Supreme Court, a case called Americans For Prosperity Foundation v.

Comcast Beats Spanish-Language Broadcaster's Discrimination Complaint

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The FCC says that Liberman Broadcasting, owner of Estrella TV, isn't a “video programming vendor” and thus can't make its case. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Updated Political Broadcasting Guide – Questions and Answers about Broadcasters’ Obligations During this Election Season

Broadcast Law Blog

To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules about political advertising , we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters (note that the URL for the updated version has not changed from prior versions, so your bookmarks should continue to work). The revised guide is much the same as the one that we published two years ago, formatted as Questions and Answers to cover many of the issues that come up for broadcasters in a political season.

Broadcasters Settle Copyright Dispute With FilmOn

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The development occurs after CBS, Fox, and NBC score a March victory at one appellate circuit with other decisions loomings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Biber on Broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius Trial

Media Law Prof Blog

Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law, is publishing Dignity in the Digital Age: Broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius Trial in Crime, Media, Culture 2018. Here is the abstract. Oscar Pistorius was tried for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp

FCC Publishes Annual Reminder on Accessibility Obligations for Broadcast of Emergency Information

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice reminding TV stations and other video programming providers including cable and satellite television providers of their obligations on making emergency information accessible for all viewers.

FilmOn Loses Against TV Broadcasters in DC

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejects the TV streamer's argument of being entitled to a compulsory license. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Sinclair Broadcast Group Sued for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Three former employees claim a Sinclair affiliate discriminates against women and ignored complaints about harassment. read more. THR, Esq. Business Home THR Online

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  May 29, 2021 to June 4, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

RV that exploded in Nashville broadcast a message warning of imminent blast, police say

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

RV that exploded in Nashville broadcast a message warning of imminent blast, police say

Washington Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

There is never a shortage of Washington issues for broadcasters to consider, and the rapid pace of change since the new administration took over in January has made it even more difficult to track where all the issues stand. While we try on this Blog to write about many of the DC issues for broadcasters, we can’t always address everything that is happening. Every few months, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters.

FCC v. Fox Broadcasting Transcript

Media Law Prof Blog

Fox Broadcasting. Here's a link to the transcript of oral argument in FCC v. Link courtesy of SCOTUSBlog

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February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Unlike many other months, there are not many comment filing deadlines for broadcasters in the month. For a list of some of the dates for the LUC periods, and the other regulatory dates that are coming up, please review our Calendar of Important Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters, available here. Other legal issues that broadcasters should keep in mind during the month include the cautions about last-minute Super Bowl promotions , about which we wrote here.

Legal Issues for Broadcasters – Updates on Pending Matters

Broadcast Law Blog

There are so many legal issues that facing broadcasters that it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them all. This Blog and many other activities that those at my firm engage in are meant to help our clients and other broadcasters keep up to date on all of the many regulatory challenges with which broadcasters must deal, while at the same time keeping up with their business operations. Of course, there are issues that radio broadcasters face as well.

Elimination of Requirement that Broadcasters Post Their Licenses Becomes Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote here , at the FCC’s December meeting, the FCC was scheduled to adopt an order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters post a physical copy of their licenses and other instruments of authorization at their control points or transmitter sites. So there is now one less regulatory requirement for broadcasters to worry about.

This Week in Broadcast Regulation: May 1, 2021 to May 7, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sets out its tentative plan for assessing broadcast regulatory fees to be collected before October 1 of this year to pay for FCC operations for the current fiscal year.

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ESPN, Fox Resist Handing Over Sports Broadcast Deals in Lawsuit by Former College Athletes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Bill Russell is among the sports legends involved in a class action that initially focused on the exploitation of athletes in video games and has suddenly become a huge headache for all TV networks broadcasting NCAA sports. Television Television Business ESPN Fox Broadcasting Corporation Sports

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  May 22, 2021 to May 28, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. New rules went into effect on May 24 that are designed to give broadcast TV stations greater flexibility in the placement of transmitters in Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS, also known as Single Frequency Networks).

The First Amendment’s Role in Broadcast and Online Regulation

Broadcast Law Blog

Few people – even broadcasters and other media companies – have cause to think about First Amendment principles in their day-to-day operations. On the broadcast side, we have seen Commissioner Carr react to two cases where the FCC has seemingly been called on to regulate the speech (or anticipated speech) of broadcasters. This consistent position keeps the FCC out of regulating the political speech of broadcasters.

Sports Broadcaster Warner Wolf Sues Don Imus for Age Discrimination

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 80-year-old says he was terminated upon pretextual reasons. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

FCC Media Bureau Clarifies Broadcasters’ Negotiation Remedies

New Media and Technology Law

Broadcasters may invoke “Must Carry” status or seek to negotiate terms for “retransmission” under FCC rules requiring “good faith” negotiations. On August 26, 2016, the FCC Media Bureau ruled that broadcasters are limited to the first bucket above, the Must Carry/Retransmission Consent rules. ( In re Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. Under the Media Bureau’s ruling, broadcasters may look solely to the Retransmission Consent rules to regulate their carriage negotiations.

What’s Up With Music Rights for Broadcasters and Webcasters? – A Presentation on Pending Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

While this summer has perhaps not brought the big headlines in trade press about copyright issues involving broadcasters – particularly in the area of music rights – there still are many issues that are active. I addressed some of those issues in a presentation earlier this month at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention.