From CommLawBlog:  Nov. 18, 2014 Noncommercial (NCE) stations that receive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) should pay attention to a recommendation made recently by CPB’s Inspector General (IG). She thinks it may be time for CPB to “evaluate the practicality” of continuing to allow CPB grant recipients include in-kind trades as part of the calculation of their grant amounts. If this recommendation gets any traction, it could ...Read More
By Scott R. Flick Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP In a post on the FCC's Blog, Diane Cornell, Special Counsel to Chairman Wheeler, described the FCC's efforts to reduce backlogs of applications, complaints, and other proceedings pending at the FCC. The post announces that the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau has closed 760 docketed proceedings, and is on track to close another 750 by the end of the year. The ...Read More
This month the Media Bureau will begin the move to the new Licensing and Management System (LMS) replacing the Consolidated Database System (CDBS).  As of Oct. 2, 2014, full power TV will be the first to start filing the new Form 2100 through LMS.  The FCC's plan is to reduce ALL broadcast applications to that one single form. Click Here to read a CommLawBlog post with details and links regarding ...Read More
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From CommLawBlog: With December just around the corner, full power TV licensees and MVPDs should probably be checking their compliance with our old friend, the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation Act (you probably know it as the CALM Act) and the related FCC rules. When the FCC’s rules governing the “loudness” of TV commercials were first adopted, they were set to take effect on December 13, 2012. One-year waivers were available which, ...Read More
From:  CommLawBlog, Nov. 3, 2014   If you’re a full-power TV licensee, in the near future you can expect to be receiving (or you may already have received) a note from the Television Music License Committee (TVMLC) notifying you that a court has preliminarily approved a settlement the Committee has reached with SESAC. You have the option of objecting to the settlement or opting out of it, but if you do ...Read More
From CommLawBlog:  Posted 10/28/14 Readers will recall that, last spring, the Commission decided that certain TV joint sales agreements (JSAs) may create attributable interests for the purposes of determining compliance with the multiple ownership rules. And, thanks to that change, JSAs that do create such interests have to be filed with the Commission. That applies any arrangement – new and old – that authorizes one TV station in a market ...Read More
Incentive Auction Progress Report by: Gary Epstein [1], Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force October 24, 2014 - 11:59 AM Author: Gary Epstein Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force When Chairman Wheeler arrived at the Commission last November, he described the incentive auction as taking a cutting edge concept to market on deadline. At that time he wrote in a blog post [2], “managing a complex ...Read More