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FCC Grants Cumulus Petition Exceeding Foreign Ownership Cap
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media
The FCC has granted a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed on July 19, 2018 to Cumulus Media asking the ageny to exercise its discretion to permit the company to exceed the 25 percent foreign ownership benchmark. Specifically, the Petition requested approval to permit up to and including a sum total 100 percent direct and/or indirect More

Beasley Broadcast Unable to Meet 10-Q Filing Deadline
Beasley Media Group
Beasley Media Group
In an 8K filing with the SEC, Beasley Broadcast Group said it's unable to meet the filing deadline for its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it's relying on the order issued issued by the SEC granting a 45-day extension to file More

FCC Updates Public Notice for License Application Filings
FCC
FCC
The FCC has approved an order that would modernize and simplify the written and on-air public notices that broadcasters must provide upon the filing of certain applications. The new rules require shorter and more uniform public notices for all broadcast station applicants, and mandate that online notices provide the public with a "more More

NAB Files Comments on FCC Booster Station Rules
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed comments with the FCC Petition for Rulemaking filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions that requests a change in the Commission's rules to allow FM booster stations to originate programming on a limited basis. This would enable FM broadcasters to use GBS's booster system design to More

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FCC Petitions U.S. Supreme Court Over Media Ownership Rules
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Solicitor General, on behalf of the FCC and the DOJ, is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the judgment of the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit when it vacated the order in the Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC case remanding the Commission's 2018 Incubator More

FCC Issues $20,000 NAL to WNEW/New York Over EAS Tones
FCC
FCC
The FCC has slapped Entercom's WNEW-FM/New York with a Notice of Apparent Liability for $20,000 for airing Emergency Alert System (EAS) codes or Attention Signals in the absence of an actual national, state or local area emergency, authorized test of the EAS, or a qualified public More

FCC Opens Comments to Allow OTA Radio to Add Geo-Targeting
GEO Broadcast Solutions
GEO Broadcast Solutions
The FCC is requesting comments on the petition filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions on March 13 seeking a rule change that would permit radio broadcasters to air geo-targeted programming, including emergency alerts, news and advertising on a voluntary basis. The technology, called ZoneCasting, has been in More

Local Radio Revenues Will Grow with Geo-Targeted Ads
BIA Advisory Services
BIA Advisory Services
According to a recently released joint study by BIA Advisory Services and Advertiser Perceptions, more than 90 percent of local retailers and two-thirds of national advertisers are poised to put more money into FM radio when geo-targeting becomes available. With the roll-out of ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV, local More

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FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Nominated for Another Term
Michael O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has been nominated by President Trump to another five-year term with the agency that ends in June, 2024. A commissioner since November 2013, O'Rielly began his tenure at the agency by serving a partial term -- what was left of former commissioner Robert McDowell, which ended More

Chairman Pai Commends Broadcasters' Coronavirus Response
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai held a conference call on Monday with radio and television broadcasters and broadcaster trade associations to thank them for their efforts to educate the American people about the coronavirus pandemic and discuss additional ways that broadcasters can help Americans stay safe and More

House Subcomittee Introduces Tax Certificate Legislation
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has introduced "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 More

NAB Files Comments Supporting All-Digital AM Radio Rules
NAB
NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters has submitted comments to the FCC in support of All-Digital AM Broadcasting and All-Digital Mode of HD Radio for AM Stations. The Commission is proposing to allow AM broadcasters to voluntarily broadcast in the MA3 all-digital mode of the HD Radioin-band/on-channel More

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Main Street, Madison Ave Primed to Zone Target FM Audiences
BIA Advisory Services
BIA Advisory Services
More than 90% of local retailers and two-thirds of national advertisers are poised to put more money into FM radio when geo-targeting, or ZoneCasting, becomes available, according to a joint study by BIA Advisory Services and Advertiser Perceptions. ZoneCasting is new tech that enables FM radio stations to More

FCC Reverses Revocation of Cox's WCGA Woodbine License
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has reversed its revocation of the license held by Cox Broadcast Group, for Talk WCGA-AM/Woodbine, GA -- which is currently off the air -- for failure to pay delinquent regulatory fees owed to the Commission. The agency said the Revocation Order failed to More

FCC Rejects Another Challenge to Camden NJ FM Translator
The FCC has denied Prometheus Radio Project's Petition for Reconsideration of the Media Bureau's June 8, 2018, Letter Decision dismissing, and alternatively denying, an informal objection filed against Mega/Philadelphia LLC's (MPL) application for a new cross-service FM translator More

FCC Enters Consent Decree With Salem Media for $50,000
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has entered into a Consent Decree to resolve its investigation into whether Salem Media Group violated the agency's live broadcast rules by airing pre-recorded programming as "live" without announcing before the broadcast that the programming was More

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