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Biden Renominates Gigi Sohn as FCC Commissioner
Gigi Sohn
Gigi Sohn
President Joe Biden renominated Democrat Gigi Sohn to serve on the Federal Communications Commission, despite Republican resistance to advance her nomination during the last congressional session, reports Bloomberg Law. Sohn's confirmation would give the FCC a Democratic majority. GOP senators criticized Sohn's past remarks More

FCC Approves Declaratory Ruling Sought by iHeartMedia
FCC
FCC
In March, 2021, iHeartMedia filed a remedial petition for a declaratory ruling with the FCC seeking specific approval for the 6.8% equity and 8% voting interests in iHeart held by GMEI, a private limited company organized under the laws of the Bahamas, and related foreign entities and individuals. The petition also sought advance More

Media Orgs Request Stay of Foreign Sponsorship ID Order
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) have filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit requesting the Court stay the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order mandating More

CXR Radio Station Trust Denied Longterm Extension
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The CXR Radio Station Trust, the divestiture trustee of Cox Radio, sought a FCC waiver and extension of its divestiture deadline for Alternative WSUN-FM/Tampa and CHR WPYO-FM/Orlando on November 8. The previous Divestiture Order required CXR to assign the licenses for the stations to an unrelated third party within two years after its More

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Senate Votes to Confirm Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair
Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel
The U.S. Senate has voted 68-31 to confirm FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to another term, while elevating her from acting chair to permanent chair. She becomes the first woman to ever hold the post. Rosenworcel has been working as acting FCC chair since January and has been a Democratic commissioner More

KSJO Completes First Field Test of National Geo-Targeted Ads
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
KSJO-FM/San Jose, Ca has become the nation's first radio station to broadcast geo-targeted advertising, through the airing of several Jack in the Box breakfast promotions solely in the Livermore, CA and Pleasanton, CA areas along the I-680 corridor. The station began participating in an FCC experimental More

NAB Has ''Serious Concerns'' About Sohn's FCC Nomination
Gigi Sohn
Gigi Sohn
Following the nomination of Gigi Sohn as an FCC commissioner last month by President Biden, the NAB is expressing serious concerns about her involvement as one of three directors of the illegal streaming service Locast. Sohn, a Net Neutrality advocate who co-founded the non-profit advocacy group Public More

Bonneville Files with FCC to Upgrade Bay Area Boosters
Bonneville International
Bonneville International
Bonneville International has filed with the FCC to modernize and upgrade its existing boosters signals for San Francisco stations KOIT (96.5), KMVQ (99.7) and KBLX (102.9) to be deployed in March. Under the upgrade, each station would share the antenna infrastructure through a multiplex system. The More

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NAB Files Reply Comments on Ownership Rules Review
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
In Reply Comments filed with the FCC regarding the 2018 Quadrennial Regulatory Review of the Commission's broadcast ownership rules, NAB notes that the concept of competition in the initial comments submitted by parties opposing reform of local radio and TV structural rules are "notably absent." The trade More

Media Execs Support Reinstatement of Tax Certificate Pgm
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
A letter from media executives to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is supporting the reinstatement of a tax certificate program to encourage investment in radio and TV broadcast station ownership for women and people of color. The media executives serve as the dean and More

NABOB Opposes Relaxation of Local Radio Ownership Rules
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) filed Comments in the FCC's 2018 Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules. In its Comments NABOB stated: "Any change in the local radio ownership rule to allow increased consolidation will have a significant More

FCC Won't Increase Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2021
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC will not increase regulatory fees for broadcasters in order to partially offset costs of broadband mapping, which both NAB and State Broadcasters Assoiations argued would hurt broadcast outlets. Several commenters representing the broadcast industry objected to the assessment on broadcasters of any More

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Petition Challenges Rules Mandating Foreign SID Disclosures
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) have filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging a FCC order mandating More

50 State Broadcasters Assoc. Support Tax Certificate Program
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
State broadcast associations representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have sent a letter to congressional leadership in the U.S. House and the Senate in support of legislation that would reinstate the tax certificate program to encourage investment in radio and TV broadcast More

Bill Reintroduced to Increase Minority Station Ownership
Rep. G.K. Butterfield
Rep. G.K. Butterfield
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, along with Rep. Steven Horsford, have reintroduced H.R. 4871, the Expanding Broadcast Opportunities Act of 2021. The bill will promote diversity of ownership in the broadcast industry by re-establishing the Minority Tax Certificate Program at the FCC. "America is a nation rich in More

Alpha Media Completes Restructuring Agreement
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
Alpha Media has completed its financial restructuring after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy to deal with $267 million of debt in January. The company, affected greatly during the pandemic, says it now has the incremental capital to pursue growth opportunities, while enhancing its position as mid-market More

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