Category: April 2019

Huizenga Adds Name to Local Radio Freedom Act

The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), a resolution to oppose “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations, now has 158 cosponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate. The Resolution is expected to garner broad bipartisan support, as in the previous Congress where it attracted nearly 260… read more

Columbia University’s Dart Awards Recognize ‘Believed’ Series

Michigan Radio’s Believed podcast has been awarded its first Dart Award from the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism. The Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognizes outstanding reporting in all media that portrays traumatic events and their aftermath with accuracy, insight and sensitivity while illuminating the effects of violence and tragedy on victims’ lives…. read more

Regulatory Issues from the NAB Convention

License Renewals, ATSC 3.0, Translator Interference, Ownership Rules, and Children’s TV By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Questions about regulations from Washington don’t disappear just because you are spending time in Las Vegas, and last week’s NAB Convention brought discussion of many such issues. We’ll write about the discussion of antitrust issues that occurred during… read more

WXYZ Marks 100th Capture of Detroit’s Most Wanted

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) 7 Action News marked the 100th capture of “Detroit’s Most Wanted” fugitives with a daylong event and luncheon on Thursday to honor the law enforcement agencies across Metro Detroit that are working to keep the community safe. Since the “Detroit’s Most Wanted” series began on 7 Action News nearly four years ago, 21 killers and… read more

Senate Majority Leader Opposes House Version of FOIA/LORA

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R- 16) voiced opposition to the bill package that expands FOIA to the Legislature and the Governor’s office as passed the House of Representatives. Spokesperson for the Senator said that whatever the Senate eventually votes on would be different than the House package and legislation from other states is being reviewed…. read more

FCC Order Addresses TV White Spaces

On March 20, the FCC released an order addressing rule changes for TV white spaces devices. The order requires TV white spaces devices to incorporate an automatic geolocation capability to ensure that the TV white spaces database has accurate location information for all devices. The order is designed to create a more accurate database and significantly decrease… read more