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FCC Proposes to Eliminate Broadcast Mid-Term Report
FCC
FCC
The FCC is proposing to eliminate a broadcast filing requirement and instead rely on publicly available information in its periodic reviews of broadcaster employment practices. Currently, the Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397) requires certain More

Court Denies Stay Request for FCC Ownership Rules
The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has denied Prometheus Radio's stay to the FCC's decision that relaxed broadcast media ownership rules. The court's action allows the FCC's decision to end the ban on cross-ownership rules for More

Final FM Translator Window for AM Stations Closes
FCC
FCC
This week the FCC's Media Bureau took another step forward in the effort to revitalize AM radio, with broadcasters across the U.S. filing more than 850 applications in a filing window for new "cross-service" FM translators as part of Auction 100. More

FCC Proposes to Eliminate Paper Filing Requirement
FCC
FCC
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that tentatively concludes that the agency should eliminate the decades-old requirement that broadcasters routinely file paper copies of station contracts and certain other documents with the Commission. Since the late 1930s, the FCC has required More

NAB Files to Intervene in Prometheus Challenge
NAB has filed Motions to Intervene in Prometheus' challenge to the FCC's media ownership reform order with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Prometheus Radio Project is seeking review of the Reconsideration Order and among other things, a stay of the effective date of the Reconsideration Order, in which the FCC granted in More

FCC Names Whitesell Media Bureau Deputy Chief
FCC
FCC
Sarah Whitesell is appointed as a Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau. Whitesell returns to the Media Bureau from the non-profit sector where she headed the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women. In addition to her prior role as Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau, Whitesell has served in many other capacities at the More

Prometheus Files Challenge to Ownership Changes
FCC
FCC
Prometheus Radio Project and other public interest groups have filed a Petition for Review of the FCC's Order relaxing certain broadcast ownership rules. In November, the Commission voted 3-2 to eliminate the newspaper/broadcast and radio/television cross-ownership rules, as well other TV duopoly rules. Filed in the Third More

Trump Renominates FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
Brendan Carr
Brendan Carr
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has been renominated for a full five-year term by President Trump. Before being sworn in last August as a Commissioner to fill a vacant Republican slot, Carr served as the agency's general counsel. Prior to becoming general counsel in January, 2017, he was Pai's legal advisor for wireless, public More

FCC to Eliminate Main Studio Rule on January 8
On October 24, 2017, the FCC adopted an order eliminating its rule requiring each AM, FM and television broadcast outlet to maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license. The order also eliminated existing requirements associated with the main studio rule, including the requirement that the main studio have More

2017 Broadcast Station Deal Volume Reaches $8.24B
U.S. broadcast station mergers and acquisitions volume reached $748.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and closed the year at $8.24 billion, as tracked by Kagan, a media research group within SP Global Market Intelligence. This is the highest annual deal volume since 2014 and the third-highest since the financial crisis of More

Aerostar Closes on KEGH-FM/Salt Lake for $1.1M
Aerostar Communications has closed on its prevously announced acquisition of KEGH-FM Salt Lake City (licensed to Woodruff, UT) along with associated booster stations KEGH-FM1 (Ogden, UT), KEGH-FM2 (Bountiful, UT), KEGH-FM3 (Salt Lake City), KEGH-FM4 (Provo, UT) from SLC Divestiture Trust II for $1.1 million in cash. KEGH-FM had More

FCC Fines Cumulus/Myrtle Beach Over EEO Violations
FCC
FCC
The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) for $20,000 to Cumulus Media's WDAI-FM, WSYN-FM, WSEA-FM, WLFF-FM and WHSC-AM/Myrtle Beach, SC, for various violations of the Commission's equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules. The Commission says that the stations failed to comply with the More

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 Cross-Ownership Rule and Television Joint Sales Agreement Attribution Rule. The agency says 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 conditions. First, in order to comply with the local radio ownership rule, the parties 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. Same station net revenues decreased by 1%, excluding political while adjusted 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 More

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