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FCC Denies LPFM Advocate’s Petition for Reconsideration of Changes in Rules for Location of FM Translators for AM Stations - Not a Resolution of Informal Objections Against Translator Applications

USA - May 24 2018 Earlier this week, the full FCC issued a decision denying a Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC’s 2017 decision to relax the rules on the…

RMLC Initiates Rate Court Proceeding with BMI to Set Radio Royalties - What Does It Mean?

USA - May 21 2018 Last week, the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), the organization representing most commercial radio broadcasters in negotiating performance…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law against Sports Betting - But Broadcasters Need to Proceed with Caution

USA - May 19 2018 On Monday, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down a Federal law (the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act or “PASPA”) which…

Another Pirate Radio Equipment Seizure, as Bill to Increase Pirate Radio Penalties Introduced in Congress

USA - May 16 2018 Yesterday, the FCC announced that it had seized the equipment of another pirate radio operator, this time one who was operating from a high-rise in…

Moving Broadcast Political Advertising Rules to the Online World - NY State Adopts a New Law While Congress Considers Online Political Advertising Disclosures, and the FEC Considers Enhanced Online Sponsorship Identification

USA - May 14 2018 With high profile primaries in numerous states and similar elections last week, and more coming over the next few months in preparation for the…

Senate to Hold Hearing on May 15 on Music Modernization Act

USA - May 11 2018 The week before last, we summarized the provisions of the Music Modernization Act as passed by the House of Representatives. The Senate is now poised…

FCC Opens Rulemaking Proceedings on the Processing of Interference Complaints for FM Translators and Eliminating the Posting of Licenses at Broadcast Control Points

USA - May 11 2018 At yesterday’s FCC open meeting, the Commission commenced two proceedings of interest to broadcasters. The first deals with the processing of…

Legal Issues for the Broadcaster in Digital and Social Media Advertising

USA - May 3 2018 Last week, Aaron Burstein of our law firm and I conducted a webinar for several state broadcast associations on legal issues in digital and social…

FCC Approves 100% Mexican Ownership of Radio Stations in California and Arizona - Further Showing Foreign Ownership Limitations Less Significant in Today’s Broadcast World

USA - May 2 2018 The FCC yesterday issued a Declaratory Ruling approving the acquisition by a company owned by two Mexican citizens of 100% of the ownership interest…

May Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters - FCC Meeting, FM Translator and LPTV Filing Windows, Political Windows and More Consideration of Music Reforms

USA - April 30 2018 May is one of those months where there are neither deadlines for EEO Public File Reports nor for any of the quarterly filings of issues/programs lists…