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FCC Modernizes Broadcast Ownership Rules
The FCC has voted to modernize its broadcast ownership rules and to help promote ownership diversity in the broadcast industry. Specifically, the Commission has eliminated the Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule, Radio/Television More

FCC Approves Entercom/CBSR Merger w/Conditions
The FCC's Media Bureau has approved Entercom's merger with CBS Radio which, when consummated, will result in Entercom holding over 200 radio stations through its wholly-owned CBS Radio subsidiary. However, the approval is subject to certain More

Entercom Q3 Revs Up 1%, Board Declares Dividend
Entercom Communications reported third quarter net revenues increased 1% to $122.3 million from $121.6 million in 2016. Operating income was $13.5 million, after $8.8 million of merger and acquisition costs (CBS Radio), compared to $25.7 million. More

Beasley to Exchange WMJX-FM/Boston for WBZ-FM
Beasley Broadcast Group has entered into an asset exchange agreement with Entercom Communications whereby Beasley will exchange AC WMJX-FM (Magic 106.7)/Boston and $12 million cash for WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)/Boston. In addition, Entercom will begin operating WMJX-FM under a local marketing agreement (LMA) until the completion of More

Entercom Inks Settlement with DOJ Over CBS Merger
Entercom Communications announced a series of agreements in connection with its pending merger with CBS Radio Inc. including a settlement with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that will allow Entercom and CBS Radio to move forward with the proposed combination. It also inked asset exchange More

FCC Proposes Changes to Media Ownership Rules
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued proposed changes to modernize media ownership rules "to clear a path for more competition, innovation and investment in the media sector." The Commission is seeking to eliminate the Radio/Television Cross-Ownership Rule and the Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule, while leaving the current More

Chairman Ajit Pai Announces FCC General Counsel
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appoints Thomas M. Johnson Jr. as FCC General Counsel. Acting General Counsel Nick Degani will transition back to his role as senior counsel in the Office of Chairman Pai. Johnson joins the Commission from his position as deputy solicitor general for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. He's More

RTDNA Wants You to Know Your Reporting Rights
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday the agency does not have authority to revoke broadcast licenses over news story content, despite suggestions from President Donald Trump. He rejected Trump's tweet that the FCC could challenge the license of NBC after stories Trump declared were not true, reports Reuters. "Under the More

FCC Filings Reveal 19 Radio Outlets to Be Divested
CBS Corp. and Entercom filed with the FCC on October 10 amendments to their pending applications seeking the FCC's approval of the merger between the two, which became publicly available on October 11. The FCC Application Amendments contain, among other things, a proposal to divest nineteen radio stations to comply with the More

NAB Study Finds Apple iPhone FM Chips Do Exist
Following FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai's statement last week calling for the activation of FM chips in Apple's iPhones, the company issued a statement claiming the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do contain FM radio chips, or the antennas designed to support FM signals. However, NAB-commissioned quarterly 'tear down' reports from ABI More

Adams Radio Begins FM Chip Activation Campaigns
Adams Radio Group has launched a new campaign on every O&Oed station with a promotional audio, web and social media campaign to alert listeners and local communities of the FM chip available, but not active, on cellular phones and to enlist community support for immediate activation. Adams launched "activatefmchipnow.com" with More

FCC Fines Pirate Radio Station, Property Owners
The FCC proposes the maximum fine allowable by statute -- $144,344 -- against a pirate radio operation in North Miami, FL. The action marks the first time the Commission has proposed finding the property owners where the transmission equipment was located apparently liable for the operation of the station. The Commission says More

Senator Pushes for FM Activation in Smartphones
Activation of FM chips in smartphones has attracted attention in recent months with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai saying that you could make the case for doing so just on public safety grounds. Following the devastion of Hurricane Irma, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) says he's pushing for the government to require manufacturers activate FM More

CBS Radio, Entercom Enter Into Merger Amendment
In an 8K filing with the SEC, Entercom Communications, CBS Corp. and CBS Radio Inc. entered into an amendment to its merger plan announced last February. Under the merger agreement, CBS Radio and Entercom were to request the registration statement required to be filed by each to be declared effective by the SEC as soon as More

FCC Denies Stolz Petition in ETM Sacramento Renewal
The Media Bureau has denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed on February 17, 2017, by Edward Stolz II seeking reconsideration of the Bureau's Letter Decision denying Stolz's informal objections and granting Entercom Communications license renewal of five stations in Sacramento for the license terms ending December 1, 2005 More

Great Western Radio to Acquire KWRP/Pueblo CO
Great Western Radio Ltd., led by longtime Pueblo, CO, native Mike Hernandez (aka Buzz Corona) has agreed to purchase 250W Oldies KWRP-FM (690) Pueblo, Colorado along with two translators at K262BB (100.3 FM) Boone, CO and K230BZ (93.9 FM) Fowler, CO, from United States CP Llc. The deal is now pending FCC approval. The agreement More

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