Doug Halonen

Sinclair Also Targeting DOJ Ownership Cap

Even if the Federal Communications Commission relaxes its ownership rules, Sinclair and other broadcasters would still be blocked from owning two network affiliates in many cases by Justice Department antitrust regulators who have a cap of their o

Rainbow PUSH Seeks Allbritton Sale Review

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition has asked the Federal Communications Commission to review its July decision approving Sinclair Broadcast Group's $985 million purchase of eight ABC affiliates in seven markets from Allbritton Communications.

Cable Companies Urge FCC to Toughen Retransmission Regulations

At the same time the Federal Communications Commission axes its syndicated exclusivity and network non-duplication rules, it also should bar broadcasters from inking other kinds of contracts that could prevent cable operators from importing distan

FCC Releases Spectrum Repacking Scenarios

The Federal Communications Commission has released key technical data that the agency used to predict that TV stations may face little new interference after they are repacked into new channel assignments in the wake of the agency’s incentive auct

FCC Gets Outside Help To Sell Auction

The Federal Communications Commission has hired an investment banking firm to help develop educational material to use to persuade broadcasters to participate in the agency’s incentive auction in 2015, clearing the way for the agency to beef up it

NABOB On Nexstar-Marshall Deal: Yes, But

The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters has asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve joint sales agreement waivers that would clear the way for Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s $58.5 million proposed sale of three Fox affili

Sinclair Plan Shot Down By FCC Fine Print

The Federal Communications Commission has all but slammed the door on a broadcast industry proposal that could have made it easier for TV station groups to introduce a new advanced television standard in the US, broadcast industry sources said.

Deadlines Set On New Joint Retransmission Rule

The new Federal Communications Commission rule barring Top 4 TV stations from negotiating retransmission consent deals together in the same market will go into effect June 18 -- the same day petitions seeking agency reconsideration of the new ban

FCC Trumps Hill On Retransmission Reform Action

The pay TV industry has scored points in its continuing campaign to reform retransmission consent, both on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission -- but any significant additional reforms are more likely to come from the agency

'Full Disclosure' Sought For Political Ads

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newt Minow and former National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief Henry Geller have urged the agency to plug what critics allege is a loophole in existing political advertising