Category: Legislative Update

Looking at Equal Opportunities – When Does the Appearance of a Political Candidate on a Broadcast Program Trigger Equal Time Obligations?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few days, much has been written about the decision of a national radio broadcaster to prohibit the host of a country music radio program from airing an interview of a Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on a nationally syndicated program. This decision has prompted many questions… read more

Court Overturns Requirement that Prescription Drug Advertisers Include Price Information in TV Ads

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, a Federal District Court ruled that the US Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to require that drug manufacturers include pricing information on their television commercials. We wrote about that requirement, here – a requirement that was supposed to go into effect… read more

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Review EEO Rules

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP When the FCC initiated its most recent EEO audits, we mentioned that the Commission was planning a rulemaking to review the effectiveness of its EEO rules for broadcasting and multi-channel video operators. The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to review these rules has now been released. This review was prompted by complaints raised in… read more

FCC Approves Revamped Kids TV Rules

At its July 10 meeting, the FCC updated its children’s television programming rules, providing “broadcasters greater scheduling flexibility, enables them to offer more diverse and innovative educational programming and relieves unnecessary burdens while ensuring that educational programming remains available to all children.” The commission added that the updates “reflect the myriad changes in the media… read more

State Rep. Coleman Introduces MSP Emergency Notification Program Bill

The MAB has learned that State Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-16) has introduced a bill (H.B. 4697), which would require Michigan State Police (MSP) to create an emergency notification program to “rapidly disseminate useful information in a predetermined manner to radio and television stations within in this state and to wireless devices through the existing wireless… read more

Traverse City Broadcaster Turned State Rep. Jack O’Malley Will Speak at #MABsummer

Longtime Northern Michigan radio personality and freshman State Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-101) has joined the list of speakers for the MAB’s 2019 summer Advocacy Conference on August 5 and 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Other summer conference speakers will include Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), the National Association of Broadcaster’s Steven W. Newberry,… read more

FCC Releases Draft Order on Changes to Children’s Television Rules – Action Expected July 10

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In anticipation of its July 10 open meeting, the FCC last week released its draft Order making changes to its rules requiring television stations to broadcast specific amounts of educational and informational programming directed to children. The current rules require that stations air an average of three hours of… read more

NAB Files More Comments Regarding FCC Regulatory Fee Increase

Opposing the Federal Communications Commission plans to hike regulatory fees for broadcasters, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed additional comments with the agency.   “The NPRM imposes a steep increase in radio station regulatory fees disproportionate to other fee payor categories, as well as the increase in the commission’s overall budget,” NAB wrote in… read more