Category: Legislative Update

Why Federal and State Issue Ads Have Different Broadcast Public File Requirements

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Recently, I’ve received many calls from broadcasters about the FCC public file obligations for issue ads (those ads not bought by legally qualified candidates or their authorized committees) – particularly concerning the different treatment between issue ads dealing with federal candidates or federal matters, and those dealing with state and… read more

Looking at Legislative Proposals that Would Allow Broadcasters to Accept Marijuana Advertising

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As more and more states revise their laws to decriminalize or legalize marijuana use (for medical and recreational purposes), and more and more cannabis businesses in those states begin operations, broadcasters have been looking to provide their advertising services to these new companies.  But, as we’ve written before… read more

FCC Cracking Down on Long Periods of Station Silence – Short-Term Renewals for Radio Stations Silent More than 25% of License Term

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC’s Audio Division, in the latter part of the license renewal cycle for radio stations, seems to have adopted a more aggressive position on stations that were silent for extended periods of time during their license term.  In our summary of last week’s events of importance to broadcasters, we noted one case where an Oklahoma… read more

MAB to Offer Political Revenue Webinar in August

The political season is in full swing and broadcasters have the opportunity to learn about the opportunities available both for on-air and digital campaigns.  During the August Third Thursday (August 18), the MAB is offering a two-part webinar starting at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. In Part One, AdCellerant will discuss digital marketing revenue opportunities, tactics and… read more

MAB Lobbyist Firm Kelley Cawthorne Adds Three Partners to Leadership Team

Kelley Cawthorne, the Midwest’s leading multi-client lobbying firm, continued its rapid growth by announcing (7/14) the elevation of three team members to partnership status and promotion of another to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Government relations professionals Jim Kirsch, Jason Sheppard and David Hildenbrand have achieved partnership status at the firm as of July… read more

Public Performance Royalties for Comedy Recordings? – New PROs Claim that Additional Royalties Are Due

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In recent months, lawsuits have been filed against streaming audio service Pandora by comedian Lewis Black, the estate of Robin Williams and representatives of other comedians seeking public performance royalties for the underlying comedic work – not the recording of the comedy bit for which a royalty is… read more

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists and Other Public File Obligations, Lowest Unit Charge Periods, License Renewal, Copyright Filings and More

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The lazy days of summer continue to provide little respite from the regulatory actions of importance to broadcasters.  The good news is that there are no license renewal or EEO  deadlines during the month of July.  Nonetheless, there will be a number of July deadlines that require attention…. read more

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (6/11-17), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Comment dates have been announced in the Federal Register for the FCC’s Notice of… read more