Broadcasting

Free, over-the-air television and radio; community-based, low-power FM radio stations; public radio and television; and the obligations of licensees to serve the public interest. A key principle of federal communications law is that in exchange for free use of the public airwaves broadcasters agree to take actions to benefit the public. These principles are enshrined in the Radio Act of 1927 and the Communications Act of 1934 in the mandate that "broadcasting serve the public interest, convenience and necessity."

FCC Won't Pull Licenses From Hurricane-Affected 'Dark' Stations

The Federal Communications Commission says it won't cancel the licenses of TV and radio stations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that have not been able to get back on the air after the devastation of hurricane's Irma and Maria.

President Trump again calls for reexamining NBC’s TV license, despite the fact it doesn’t have one

President Donald Trump suggested that NBC's television license should be “look[ed] at” in a tweet that called the network “FAKE NEWS.” But the Federal Communications Commission does not issue TV licenses to TV networks and cannot legally revoke an

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Broadcasting Board of Governors

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Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:30

The Broadcasting Board of Governors will vote on a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of its June 6, 2018 meeting and a resolution honoring the 55th anniversary of Voice of America’s English to Africa Service. The Board will receive a report from the Chief Executive Officer and Director of BBG.



Sinclair Broadcast Group files countersuit against Tribune Media over failed merger

Sinclair Broadcast Group filed a countersuit in an escalating legal battle with Tribune Media, after the two companies' proposed merger fell apart this month under federal scrutiny.

Reps Pallone and Doyle to FCC: Do Not Terminate Sinclair Review

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr.

Broadcasting Board of Governors Rebrands for Digital Age

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has updated its brand.

FCC Diversity Committee Has Big Issue with FCC Incubator Program

Key leadership of the Federal Communications Commission's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) have a big problem with the way the FCC has structured the new diversity incubator program they otherwise support, a problem

FCC shuts down Alex Jones’s flagship radio station

The Federal Communications Commission has shut down conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s flagship radio station, the pirate radio station, Liberty Radio. Liberty was hit with a $15,000 fine and at least temporarily pulled from the airwaves.

Public Radio Networks PRI and PRX to Merge in Big Bet on Podcasts

Public-radio companies PRX and PRI are merging in a bid to capitalize on the surging popularity of podcasts and other digital formats as listeners and content creators migrate away from traditional broadcast radio.