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Alpha Media Completes Restructuring Agreement
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
Alpha Media has completed its financial restructuring after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy to deal with $267 million of debt in January. The company, affected greatly during the pandemic, says it now has the incremental capital to pursue growth opportunities, while enhancing its position as mid-market broadcaster across 44 local markets in More

NAB Renews Objections to Expand LPFM Service to 250W
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has renewed its objections to the Petition for Rulemaking filed by REC Networks seeking the creation of a new class of 250-watt low power FM (LPFM) service. According to the trade group, the record demonstrates that, like previous attempts rejected by the Commission, the Petition does not More

FCC Reinstates Media Ownership Changes, Seeks Comments
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC's Media Bureau has released an Order, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project, reinstating the loosening of certain rule changes previously adopted by the Commission in its media ownership proceedings. The rules had been vacated and remanded by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in More

NAB Says New New Class of LPFM Would Congest FM Band
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed Tuesday with the FCC regarding a Petition for Rulemaking to create a new class of 250-watt low-power FM radio stations. The trade group is opposed to the move and writes the petition is at least the fifth or sixth bid, and the third by REC Networks, to allow LPFM stations to more than More

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FCC Adopts Rules to Further Strengthen Emergency Alerting
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their radios, mobile phones and televisions. The move is in response to a false 2018 emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile attack. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year More

FCC Officially Reinstates Several Media Ownership Rules
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC on Friday officially reinstated several of its previous decisions eliminating several media ownership controls, a move that comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision upholding the 2017 deregulations. In what was known as the "FCC vs. Prometheus Radio Project," the U.S. Supreme More

IBA Webinar Series Presents Webinar on FCC EEO Rules
The Independent Broadcasters Association
The Independent Broadcasters Association
The Independent Broadcasters Association's IBA Webinar Series continues with "The FCC EEO Rules and How to Survive Them," Thursday, May 6, from 2-3pm. Veteran telecom lawyer Gregg Skall will put owners and managers on the path to license renewal and FCC EEO audit survival, without FCC fines and sanctions. More

Alpha Media, Former CEO Wilson Battle in Filings with FCC
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
In an attempt to block the license renewals of four stations, former Alpha Media CEO Larry Wilson filed with the FCC earlier this month accusing the company of misleading the agency and making decisions without proper board approval. He also challenged Alpha's qualifications as a broadcast licensee. The move More

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FCC Order Adopts New Foreign Sponsorship ID Rules
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has adopted new rules mandating disclosures for foreign government-sponsored programming. Although U.S. law restricts foreign governments and their representatives from holding a broadcast license directly, there have been instances where such foreign governmental entities contract with the licensee More

Supreme Court Upholds FCC's Relaxed Ownership Rules
Federal Communication Commission
Federal Communication Commission
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Federal Communication Commission's moves to relax media ownership rules, handing down a unanimous ruling, 9-0. The justices found the FCC had acted reasonably in its 2017 regulatory rollback that was invalidated by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which More

FCC Proposes to Further Strenghten Emergency Alerting
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their radios, mobile phones and televisions. The move comes as a false emergency alert was issued in Hawaii back in 2018 that mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted More

NAB Releases New Training Course on FCC Radio Regs
The National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is offering a new online training course for radio stations containing critical information and guidelines for complying with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. "The Radio Rules! A Guide to FCC Regulations for Radio Stations" course More

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GeoBroadcast, NAB File Reply Comments to FCC NPRM
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
In a reply to comments filing on Friday, GeoBroadcast Solutions sought to address industry concerns and speculations to its FCC request for a rule change that would allow the upgrade of decades-old FM booster rules by permitting, but not requiring, radio broadcasters to provide geo-targeted content for a More

Reps. Ask Biden To Make Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair
Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel
A coalition of more than 30 women in Congress are urging the Biden administration to elevate acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to permanent head of the agency, reports The Hill. The group says by doing so, it would install an experienced leader as well as be a historic choice. If President More

NAB Opposes FM Boosters to Air Geo-Targeted Content
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has submitted comments on the FCC's inquiry into whether to amend its rules to permit FM booster stations to originate programming. The Notice advances a Petition for Rulemaking filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions (GBS), which has developed technology to More

FCC Approves ZoneCasting Field Tests on KSJO/San Jose
GEOBroadcast Solutions
GEOBroadcast Solutions
The FCC has approved a GeoBroadcast Solutions application for experimental operation to build and operate two new co-located on-channel boosters at two discrete locations in order to garner additional data using the ZoneCasting FM booster system, which would provide broadcast radio the opportunity to air More

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