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FCC Seeks Public Input for New FM Broadcast Station Class
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is inviting public comments on a proposal to establish a new class of FM broadcast stations, Class A10. This initiative was prompted by a petition from Commander Communication Corporation, which was officially submitted on June 13. The proposed Class A10 stations would operate with a maximum of More

FCC R&O Amends Foreign Sponsorship ID Requirements
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has issued an updated order aimed at tightening regulations on foreign sponsorship identification in broadcast programming. The decision, outlined in a detailed report released on Monday, June 10 addresses a previous court ruling which had vacated one of the FCC's foreign sponsorship identification requirements. The new rules More

FCC Reinstates Radio Duplication Rule for Broadcasters
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel
The FCC has decided to reinstate the radio duplication rule for FM broadcasters, reversing a decision from 2020 that had eliminated these restrictions. The rule, detailed in an order issued on June 5 and effective thirty days after publication, limits FM broadcasters from duplicating more than 25% of their programming in a given week if More

NAB Challeges FCC's Form 395-B as Unconstitutional
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has submitted a Petition for Partial Reconsideration to the FCC, objecting to the recent decision to resume and publicize the collection of staff diversity data via Form 395-B. This form, which had been dormant for two decades, records broadcasters' employee demographics, including race, More

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Rosenworcel Proposes AI Disclosure for Political Ads
Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is proposing in a draft shared with the other four Commissioners whether the agency should require disclosure when there is AI-generated content in political ads on radio and TV. With the circulation of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the support of her colleagues, the More

Audacy Q1 Net Revenues Rose 1% to $261.8 Million
Audacy
Audacy
Audacy reported first quarter net revenues rose 1% to $261.8 million from $259.6 million in 2023. Total Radio revenues decreased 2% while Digital revenues increased 10%. Operating loss was $0.4 million down from an operating loss of $12.2 million. Adjusted EBITDA grew 73% to $9.6 million from More

FCC Hits Pirate Stations with Fines Exceeding $850,000
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has taken a strong stance against illegal broadcasting by proposing hefty fines totaling over $850,000 against operators of six pirate radio stations. This action comes as part of a broader effort under the PIRATE Act to curb unauthorized radio transmissions that have been identified in the Boston More

Broadcast VOICES Act Introduced in U.S. House, Senate
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) recently introduced H.R.8072, Broadcast VOICES Act, in the House and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the legislation in the Senate, S.4158. The bill would direct the FCC to take certain actions to increase diversity of ownership in the broadcasting industry, and for other More

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FCC Fines KXOL-FM in Los Angeles $8000 Over Contest
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has levied a proposed fine of $8000 against Spanish Broadcasting System's KXOL-FM in Los Angeles for failing to conduct a contest in accordance with its announced terms and to deliver a prize to the winner in the prescribed time under the contest's terms. Despite being required to deliver prizes to More

NAB Releases Radio and TV Station Self-Inspection Guides
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has released new broadcast station self-inspection guides for FM and television stations. These two guides assist broadcasters in conducting a self-inspection of their stations. Guides for AM, low-power and translator stations are expected to be released soon. More

NAB & NPR Oppose FCC's Proposed Localism Efforts
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC is proposing changes aimed at encouraging radio outlets to focus more on local programming by altering licensing and application processes in favor of stations that offer a Commission-approved quota of local content. This move has sparked controversy and attracted criticism, particularly from the More

FCC Report & Order Authorizes Geo-Targeting for FM
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC unanimously adopted a significant change to its regulations, enabling FM booster stations to originate programming through a process known as geo-targeting. This decision comes after the Commission explored the potential of allowing FM and Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters to use booster stations for More

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Audacy Restructuring Could Force Station Divestment
Audacy
Audacy
Audacy is seeking approval from the FCC to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In a move prompted by restructuring, Audacy is set to divest one of its stations in South Carolina. Since it is essentially becoming a new company, the transition means its forfeit its legacy status at its Greenville-Spartanburg More

Audacy Provides Performance Update Following Restructuring
Audacy
Audacy
Audacy reports a strong start to 2024 and is providing an update to deliver additional visibility on its progress since receiving court approval of its consensual pre-packaged Plan of Reorganization on February 20, after just six weeks. The company now awaits FCC approval to complete its restructuring and More

Broadcasters Convene in DC for Annual Advocacy Push
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
Over 550 radio and television broadcasters from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, for the NAB's annual State Leadership Conference (SLC). The conference, held at Washington Nationals Park and emceed by journalist Michelle Marsh from WJLA-TV, featured remarks from policymakers, panel discussions More

Northwestern Media Set to Expand to the East Coast
Northwestern Media
Northwestern Media
The Sound of Life Radio Network, based in Kingston, NY, has filed a donation agreement with the FCC that gifts their twelve licenses and broadcast assets to Northwestern Media. Current Sound of Life employees will be joining the Northwestern Media team and will continue their work serving the Hudson Valley More

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