For decades payola has been a sleeper, with radio station owners vaguely recalling the scandals involving Alan Freed in the early days of rock n' roll. Now Congress is getting numerous requests to take a closer look.
In May the FCC announced that it is purging its files of 9,000 or more unidentified broadcast auxiliary licenses, including microwave STL facilities, remote pick-ups and inter-city relay stations.
The Commission is on the verge of approving the Ibiquity standard, but serious questions still exist as to the value of the system to broadcasters and whether a full-time AM system will ever work.
The FCC has made several changes to its rules governing the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS).
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Now is the time to begin making preparations for the renewal process.
Broadcasters who propose to locate their antennas on new towers near historic sites will face greater scrutiny to determine the environmental impact of their towers.
Having failed twice to convince a federal appeals court that the FCC's equal employment opportunity rules are constitutional, the Commission is again wading into the rip tide of EEO.
The FCC is expanding its pending radio multiple ownership rulemaking proceeding to include a comprehensive examination of all aspects of the FCC's local ownership rules.
In November 2000 the Commission created a new FM channel classification to join Classes A, B, B1, C, C1, C2 and C3. Use of the new class - Class C-0 (C-Zero) - permits upgrades of existing stations and new allocations based on the reduced spacing protections, which will apply when Class C stations are converted to Class C-0.
As part of Chairman Powell's efforts to reform the FCC, the Mass Media Bureau, which handles all radio and television matters, will be merged into the Cable Services Bureau, which handles all cable matters, to form a new Media Bureau.
The Mass Media Bureau, which currently handles all radio and television matters, will be merged into the Cable Services Bureau, which currently handles all cable matters, to form a new Media Bureau.
In another victory for the record companies, the United States District Court in Philadelphia has affirmed the Copyright Office's December 2000 ruling holding that AM/FM broadcasters simultaneously streaming their signals on the Internet are responsible for royalty payments to ACSAP, BMI, and SESAC, and to record companies.
Concluding that “inartful drafting is not the same as ambiguity,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found in favor of National Public Radio in an appeal from the Commission's prior determination that noncommercial educational (NCE) stations would be required to take part in an auction if they decided to file for non-reserved (commercial) frequencies.
In an ever-evolving effort to smooth the transition from analog to digital technology, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to revise its rules to allow broadcast auxiliary services (BAS) to convert to digital technology along with broadcast stations.
Webcasters that survived the Copyright Office's December royalty decision have been dealt another nearly fatal blow.
The White House announced that President Bush will send to the Senate the names of Kevin J. Martin, Kathleen Q. Abernathy, and Michael J. Copps, three
The FCC has proposed a new schedule of annual regulatory fees.
In January, the NAB and several broadcast groups sued the U.S. Registrar of Copyrights, seeking to overturn the Copyright Office's final rule that radio
In a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the EEO rules that became effective in April