Category: Legislative Update

Congress Passes Stimulus Bill that Includes Relief for Broadcasters

From the NAB: March 27, 2020 Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, which among other things provides substantial funding for business-oriented economic relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic. I am pleased the final legislation includes provisions NAB strongly advocated for on behalf of broadcasters to ensure your ability… read more

FCC Extends Due Dates for Quarterly Issues Programs Lists & Children’s Television Reports

From MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford: The FCC just released a Public Notice announcing that they are giving stations more time in which to upload their Quarterly Issues Programs lists to their online public file and to file their first Annual Children’s Television Report. The Quarterly Issues Programs list are required to be uploaded to… read more

What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Means For Broadcasters

Note: As of 5 p.m. Thursday (3/26), the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president.  The massive, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package contains a number of provisions designed to help the broadcasting and entertainment workforce, including workers with… read more

FCC Indefinitely Postpones FM Auction – Will Refund Upfront Payments and Dismiss Pending Applications

The FCC has decided to postpone the planned auction of vacant FM radio frequencies (Auction 106) indefinitely.  The auction, which was scheduled to begin April 28, included six construction permits in Michigan.  The FCC has said that they will refund upfront auction payments Public Notice (here) and provide instructions for securing such a refund. The… read more

Reminder for Radio: Pre-Filing Renewal Announcements to Begin April 1

Full power commercial and noncommercial radio stations and LPFM stations, licensed to communities in Michigan and Ohio must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on April 1, 2020. According to MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford, the first of four of these pre-filing announcements begin on April 1, with further required pre-filing announcements to air on… read more

Essential Planning for Broadcasters Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Access to Facilities and News Events

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With more and more states, municipalities, and other authorities issuing shelter-in-place warnings or other restrictions on travel, and with more station facilities likely to be closed temporarily because of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, broadcasters need to be planning on how to continue to operate their facilities in the… read more

Station Operations During Stay at Home

On March 23, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a Stay-At-Home order for our state due to the coronavirus emergency.  The Stay-At-Home order does not affect those deemed “critical infrastructure workers,” who may continue working – and that includes “communications and information technology” – under which is listed news media. Many stations having non-essential employees work… read more

Governor Whitmer Issues Stay Home Order

In response to the current COVID-19 emergency, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer today (3/23) issued Executive Order #2020-21, which orders a temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.  This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The… read more