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Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 7 Feb 2020

FCC Issues First EEO Audit of 2020 Targeting 320 Radio and Television Stations - Reviewing the Basics of the FCC’s EEO Rules

The FCC yesterday released another of its regular EEO audit notices (available here), asking that approximately 240 radio stations and about 80 TV


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 5 Feb 2020

Quick Thoughts on a Few Political Broadcasting Legal Issues to Survive the Primary Season

One presidential caucus down, 49 (primaries and caucuses, plus a few more in the territories) to go in the next four months - with primaries for


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 31 Jan 2020

BMI Settlement of Royalty Battle with RMLC to Include Music in Podcasts? - Not So Fast.

BMI and the Radio Music License Committee announced a settlement of their rate court litigation over the royalties that commercial radio will pay for


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 30 Jan 2020

Did You Know that There is a Rule that Broadcasters Have to Tell Their Audience that a Program Is Recorded When It Seems to Be Live? - FCC Sends a $50,000 Reminder

Did you know that the FCC has a rule that requires that a broadcaster notify its audience that a program has been pre-recorded when the program


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 28 Jan 2020

Looking Ahead to the Rest of 2020 - Potential Legal and Regulatory Issues For the Remainder of the Year

Most years, at some point in January, we look into our crystal ball and try to see some of the legal and regulatory issues likely to face


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 27 Jan 2020

FCC Commissioner Asks Record Labels for Information About Payola Practices - What are the FCC Rules? How Do These Practices Compare to Online Music Providers?

Last week, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was in the news for sending a letter to the major record labels asking for information about their


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 23 Jan 2020

February Regulatory Dates for BroadcastersLicense Renewals, EEO Reporting, Rulemaking Comments, FM Auction Filing Deadline, Lowest Unit Rate Windows, and More

With the holiday season getting smaller in the rear-view mirror and many parts of the country dealing with ice, snow, and single-digit temperatures


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 21 Jan 2020

“Come See Us At The Superb Owl” - Don’t Try This At Home! 2020 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions

For several years, I have posted guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly reference the Super


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 17 Jan 2020

Lowest Unit Charge Windows Open in About 30 States and Territories - Reviewing A Broadcaster’s Political Advertising Obligations

On January 18, the lowest unit charge window for Presidential primaries or caucuses begins in Super Tuesday states including Alabama, American Samoa


Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP | USA | 16 Jan 2020

FCC Consent Decree Requires $1,130,000 Payment to Settle Issues About Monitoring Tower Lights - Are You Doing What’s Required?

Earlier this week, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released an Order approving a Consent Decree with Scripps Broadcasting where Scripps agreed to pay a

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