News
From rbr.com:  "New research from Mark Kassof & Co. reveals that a solid majority of 18-64’s see radio as a local medium, and most of those who do say they would listen less to a station that shifted to more national programming. Overall, 65% see radio as a “mainly local,” while half as many (32%) see it as “mainly national.” The survey found essentially no variation among demographic groups in ...Read More
Mike Farrell of MultiChannel News wrote an article on research released by SNL Kagan which shows retransmission charges make up just 8.9% of total fees distributors pay to content providers. "The Kagan report comes just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission moved to prohibit Joint Sales Agreements where two of the top four stations in a market join forces to negotiate retrans deals. Part of the reason for the ruling ...Read More
MBA President/CEO Mark Gordon attended the NAB Convention in Vegas in early April and heard a lot of buzz about the FM Chip.  Here are a couple of links to some NAB wrap-up articles and please make note that one of our speakers scheduled at the MBA Convention in June is Jeff Smulyan, Chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications.   He has a great editorial in the April 7th edition ...Read More
From CommLawBlog published by Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth:  New generic Top Level Domains are becoming available, opening opportunities (and possible pitfalls) for anyone with a presence on the Internet.  It's important to know  how best to deal with them when, or preferably before, they get here.  As we have previously reported, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has for the past several years been busy readying a ...Read More
Upcoming Events
2014 MBA/KAB Sports Seminar (May 1)
Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, MO
We have made some changes to what in the past has been called the "MBA Day at the Royals".  It…
This seminar will deal with legal issues that a broadcaster may face exploiting new digital delivery systems, including a discussion…
2014 MBA Convention (June 6 @ 9:00 am - June 7 @ 10:00 pm)
Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel - Branson, MO
Bring the whole family to the Branson Convention Center at the Branson Landing! This year’s theme is “Competing in the…
Radio Show (September 10 - 12)
Indiana Convention Center - Indianapolis, IL
The Radio Show is radio’s premier annual event where radio professionals from every market size and business sector come together…
The mantra of the NAB Small Market Television Exchange (SMTE) is "win" and is expressed throughout the program in its…
Latest Update
On February 24th, the Commission released the Closed Captioning Quality Report and Order requiring that all individual closed captioning exemption petitions; all comments and oppositions responsive to such petitions; and all replies to comments or oppositions be filed electronically.  These electronic filing procedures will take effect on April 30, 2014.  The following Public Notice details the new procedures and requirements.   [gview file="http://www.mbaweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/April14CCAlert.pdf"]
Remember how most TV stations were exempted from having to upload their political files to the online public inspection file system? Looks like that exemption is just about over.  If you’re a TV licensee who doesn’t happen to be either (a) in any of the top 50 DMAs or (b) affiliated with one of the top four commercial networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC), we’ve got some news for you: ...Read More
NAB has updated The Political Agreement Form (PB-18), which includes the NAB agreement forms for political candidate advertisements and for non-candidate/issue advertisements. NAB members can receive this form free of charge by emailing the Membership department at membership@nab.org. To purchase a PB-18 CD, visit NABStore.com.   Click here to download the Political Agreement Form (PB-18)