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Trump Nominates Nathan Simington to Replace FCC's O'Rielly
Nathan Simington
Nathan Simington
President Donald Trump has nominated longtime telecom lawyer Nathan Simington to replace FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly after declining to renew the sitting Republican commissioner for a new term as reported by Law360. Simington, a senior adviser at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), played a More

House Subcomittee Passes Tax Certificate Legislation
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has passed "Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act of 2019" that would direct the FCC to take certain actions to increase diversity of ownership in the broadcasting industry. Among them, the legislation would reinstate a tax certificate program to help women and More

FCC Ups Radio Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2020
FCC
FCC
In a Report & Order, the FCC has set new regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2020, ignoring radio industry filings requesting that fees should be frozen at their FY 2019 level due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a severe reduction in advertising revenue. The Commission ruled that the radio broadcasters' arguments reflect "an More

Walden Introduces Broadcast Incubator Program Legislation
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Energy and Commerce Committee Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) has introduced a bill to promote diversity among the broadcast media industry and support local broadcasters across U.S. communities. The Broadcast Diversity in Leadership Act would create a "Broadcast Incubator Program," led by the FCC to allow existing broadcasters to form More

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NAB Files Reply Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Over Ownership
NAB
NAB
NAB has filed a reply brief with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the FCC's appeal of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on the Commission's 2016 quadrennial review order that attempted to institute modest reforms to broadcast media ownership regulations. In September, 2019, a three-judge panel of More

FCC Report & Order Eliminates Radio Duplication Rule
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has adopted a Report and Order eliminating the radio duplication rule for both the AM and FM services. The rule restricted the duplication of programming on commonly-owned broadcast radio stations operating in the same service and geographic area. The rule, initially adopted in 1964, has been updated More

Trump Revokes FCC Commissioner O'Rielly's Renomination
Michael O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly
President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded his renomination of Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, a Republican, to serve another 5-year term at the Federal Communications Commission. The reversal, announced Monday, didn't provide a reason for the decision. The move follows the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee vote More

WKVB-FM/Worcester MA Expands to the Boston Market
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
Educational Media Foundation's WKVB-FM (107.3) in Worcester, MA has expanded its signal and audience to reach the Boston-market through a diplexing arrangement with WXLO-FM's existing MaxxCasting system from GeoBroadcast Solutions. Operating as part of the K-LOVE network of Contemporary Christian stations, More

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FCC Commissioner Starks Says NTIA Proposals Are Ill-Advised
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) filed a petition for rulemaking related to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, as required by President Trump's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship. The petition is meant to jumpstart a rulemaking that More

Nielsen Managing Director Brad Kelly Inks Open Letter
Brad Kelly
Brad Kelly
Nielsen Managing Director Brad Kelly has written the following letter to the Advertising Community: The pull that Social Media exerts on today's world is unquestionable. It helps us stay connected, keep informed, and is generally a source for light entertainment. But we now know there's a dark side which More

FCC, Six Major Radio Groups Reach Political Ad Settlement
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission has adopted Consent Decrees with several major broadcasting groups, including Alpha Media, Beasley Media, Cumulus Media, Entercom, iHeartMedia and Salem Media Group. These decrees settled investigations into each group, which had been charged with failing to upload data More

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly's Nomination Sent to Full Senate
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has voted to send FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's nomination for another term to the full Senate for confirmation. Commissioner O'Rielly was nominated for a seat on the FCC by President Barack Obama and was sworn into office in November, 2013. In January 2015, he was More

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FCC Fines Gow Media's KFNC/Houston $5200 Over Contest
KFNC-FM
KFNC-FM
The FCC is fining Gow Media's Sports KFNC-FM/Mont Belvieu, TX (Houston) $5200 after it violated the Commission's rules when it failed to timely award a contest prize, thereby not conducting the contest substantially as announced or advertised. Specifically, the complainant claims that the advertised prize More

FCC Fines Townsquare's KSII-FM/El Paso $6000 Over Contest
Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media
The FCC has fined Townsquare Media's KSII-FM/El Paso $6000 for violating the Commission's rules when it failed to timely award a contest prize. On March 24, 2017, the Commission received a complaint alleging that Townsquare failed to award the complainant tickets to an Elton John More

KELS-LP/Greeley CO Fined $15,000 For Airing Commericials
FCC
FCC
The FCC has found that Plymouth Gathering Inc.'s KELS-LP/Greeley, CO, apparently violated the Commission's rules for Noncommercial educational (NCE) stations on multiple occasions. Specifically, over a three-month period in 2018, Plymouth aired over 1,600 advertisements on KELS-LP More

FCC Reaches Settlements to Shut Down Boston-Area Pirates
FCC
FCC
The FCC has reached settlements with two Boston-area pirate radio operators, Acerome Jean Charles and Gerlens Cesar, following Enforcement Bureau investigations. Through the Consent Decrees, the two operators will pay penalties, admit to violations, agree to 20-year compliance commitments and agree to More

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