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FCC Report & Order Eliminates Radio Duplication Rule
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has adopted a Report and Order eliminating the radio duplication rule for both the AM and FM services. The rule restricted the duplication of programming on commonly-owned broadcast radio stations operating in the same service and geographic area. The rule, initially adopted in 1964, has been updated several times over the years More

Trump Revokes FCC Commissioner O'Rielly's Renomination
Michael O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly
President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded his renomination of Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, a Republican, to serve another 5-year term at the Federal Communications Commission. The reversal, announced Monday, didn't provide a reason for the decision. The move follows the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee vote to send O'Rielly's nomination More

WKVB-FM/Worcester MA Expands to the Boston Market
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
Educational Media Foundation's WKVB-FM (107.3) in Worcester, MA has expanded its signal and audience to reach the Boston-market through a diplexing arrangement with WXLO-FM's existing MaxxCasting system from GeoBroadcast Solutions. Operating as part of the K-LOVE network of Contemporary Christian stations, WKVB is a non-commercial More

FCC Commissioner Starks Says NTIA Proposals Are Ill-Advised
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) filed a petition for rulemaking related to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, as required by President Trump's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship. The petition is meant to jumpstart a rulemaking that would clarify the circumstances More

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Nielsen Managing Director Brad Kelly Inks Open Letter
Brad Kelly
Brad Kelly
Nielsen Managing Director Brad Kelly has written the following letter to the Advertising Community: The pull that Social Media exerts on today's world is unquestionable. It helps us stay connected, keep informed, and is generally a source for light entertainment. But we now know there's a dark side which More

FCC, Six Major Radio Groups Reach Political Ad Settlement
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission has adopted Consent Decrees with several major broadcasting groups, including Alpha Media, Beasley Media, Cumulus Media, Entercom, iHeartMedia and Salem Media Group. These decrees settled investigations into each group, which had been charged with failing to upload data More

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly's Nomination Sent to Full Senate
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has voted to send FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's nomination for another term to the full Senate for confirmation. Commissioner O'Rielly was nominated for a seat on the FCC by President Barack Obama and was sworn into office in November, 2013. In January 2015, he was More

FCC Fines Gow Media's KFNC/Houston $5200 Over Contest
KFNC-FM
KFNC-FM
The FCC is fining Gow Media's Sports KFNC-FM/Mont Belvieu, TX (Houston) $5200 after it violated the Commission's rules when it failed to timely award a contest prize, thereby not conducting the contest substantially as announced or advertised. Specifically, the complainant claims that the advertised prize More

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FCC Fines Townsquare's KSII-FM/El Paso $6000 Over Contest
Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media
The FCC has fined Townsquare Media's KSII-FM/El Paso $6000 for violating the Commission's rules when it failed to timely award a contest prize. On March 24, 2017, the Commission received a complaint alleging that Townsquare failed to award the complainant tickets to an Elton John More

KELS-LP/Greeley CO Fined $15,000 For Airing Commericials
FCC
FCC
The FCC has found that Plymouth Gathering Inc.'s KELS-LP/Greeley, CO, apparently violated the Commission's rules for Noncommercial educational (NCE) stations on multiple occasions. Specifically, over a three-month period in 2018, Plymouth aired over 1,600 advertisements on KELS-LP More

FCC Reaches Settlements to Shut Down Boston-Area Pirates
FCC
FCC
The FCC has reached settlements with two Boston-area pirate radio operators, Acerome Jean Charles and Gerlens Cesar, following Enforcement Bureau investigations. Through the Consent Decrees, the two operators will pay penalties, admit to violations, agree to 20-year compliance commitments and agree to More

NAB Says FCC Fee Hike for Radio Stations is ''Inexplicable''
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
In Reply Comments to the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters writes that the FCC's adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for at least the second consecutive year "utterly fails to explain its rationale as to how its methodology for determining regulatory fees." The trade group wrote More

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Reps. Ask FF to Halt Proposed Fee Increases Over COVID-19
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Reps. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) have sent a letter to the FCC regarding the Commission's rulemaking on regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2020. In the letter, the lawmakers ask the FCC to halt any proposed increases in regulatory fees on broadcast radio and TV stations due to More

FCC Fines WMBT-LP/Gainesville FL $1500 for Late Renewal
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has slapped Family Unity Outreach Ministry's low power FM station WMBT-LP/Gainesville, FL, with a $1,500 fine for not renewing it license on time. The Commission said that an application for renewal of the station's license should have been filed by October 1, More

FCC Fines WTOY/Salem, VA for Late License Renewal App
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has proposed a fine of $7000 to Ward Broadcasting Corporation over the late renewal application of WTOY-AM/Salem, VA. In the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture the Commission fould that WBC failed to file a timely license renewal application for the station and engaged in More

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 More

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