Category: Legislative Update

FCC Seeking Comment on the Origination of Programming by FM Translators

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Should broadcasters be able to originate programming on FM translators? Playing off the proposal to allow limited amounts of programming on FM boosters – basically the insertion of local ads, news, or emergency alerts – in the zonecasting proposal on which the FCC took comments earlier this year (see… read more

Michelle Duke Named NAB Chief Diversity Officer

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith announced Thursday (618) that Michelle Duke will assume the role of Chief Diversity Officer, effective July 1. In the newly created position, Duke will spearhead NAB’s internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as… read more

FCC rules vacant space not for NextGen TV

Broadcasters will not be allowed to use vacant channel space for NextGen TV deployment, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled and he National Association of Broadcasters has thanked the FCC for clarifying regulations, saying its members are eager to launch the improved services NextGen technology will facilitate. According to a report in Broadcasting+Cable, the FCC… read more

State Police Look to Be More Transparent About Use of Force

Michigan data on the use of force by law enforcement in Michigan will be published annually by the state as part of a new transparency initiative announced Wednesday (6/17), according to a report by Gongwer. Legislators and law enforcement officials announced the Law Enforcement Transparency Collaborative, which is intended to help increase transparency and accountability… read more

No Wholesale Pricing Disclosures to be Required in Drug Advertising – Appeals Court Upholds Lower Court Rejection of HHS Requirement

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP It appears that there will be no requirement imposed on television and cable ads to include disclosures revealing the wholesale prices of prescription drugs in any advertising for those drugs. We wrote about the decision from the US Department of Health and Human Service to impose such a requirement… read more

Chairman Says FCC Working Toward Making Radio Ownership More Diverse

As calls for racial justice draw headlines across the nation, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told InsideRadio on Tuesday (6/9) that growing diversity in radio ownership is the prime reason he pushed the a  radio incubator program in a recently completed quadrennial media ownership review. “Having traveled everywhere from poor communities of the Delta of Mississippi… read more

Petition Group Granted More Time to Gather Signatures in Effort to Amend Michigan Civil Rights Act

MPRN reported Wednesday (6/10) that a Michigan Court of Claims judge granted a Fair and Equal Michigan campaign request for an extension to get gather signatures to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights act. The campaign asked for more time because COVID-19 emergency restrictions made it impossible for the effort to succeed. The group… read more

FCC Releases EEO Audit for 35 Radio Stations – A Good Reminder to Review Your EEO Compliance

3 Michigan Stations on List By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC on Tuesday (6/9) released another of its regular EEO audit notices (available here), this time targeting only about 35 radio stations. Those stations and the station employment units (commonly owned stations serving the same area) with which they are associated must provide… read more