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."

Anti-Sinclair/Tribune Merger Coalition Bulks Up

The Coalition to Save Local Media, which is the coalition to block the Sinclair-Tribune merger, has added six new members, according to organizers, including a big union and leased access advocates.

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New America

November 9, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:00 to 13:45

Just eight years after completing the analog-to-digital TV transition, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to authorize a transition to “Next-Gen TV,” with a vote scheduled for the agency’s open meeting on Nov. 16. The proposed order would authorize a “voluntary” transition that would not immediately force consumers to buy a new TV. Still, contentious issues remain in play concerning whether some viewers will lose local channels and whether pay TV providers or consumers will ultimately bear other costs related to the transition.


How the FCC Could Roll Back Hard Fought Civil Rights Advances

[Commentary] Last week the Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, announced two orders that will be voted on later in Nov, which would roll back hard fought civil rights advances — at a time when our educational and economic

Congress grills Sinclair on 'must-run' content ahead of merger

Members of Congress are pushing Sinclair on the possible effects of its pending merger with Tribune Media, including whether the media company would continue to push controversial "must-run segments." In a letter to the company, 49 members of Cong

NCTA: Sinclair's Detail-less Deal Reply Doesn't Cut It

NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, has told the Federal Communications Commission that Sinclair's response to the commission's request for more information on how it would comply with its rules in the Tribune merger were insufficient,

Four Attorneys General Ask FCC To Deny Sinclair/Tribune Merger

Attorneys general from IL, MD, MA, and RI have teamed up to ask the Federal Communications Commission to block the merger of Sinclair and Tribune.

Democratic Reps Seek Own Sinclair Data Dump

Over four dozen Democratic House members have written Sinclair President Chris Ripley asking for answers to over a dozen questions related to the proposed Tribune merger and its impact on the public interest, as well as suggesting the company comm

Can You Help Out The President By Challenging NBC’s License?

On October 17, President Donald Trump launched a vague, yet ominous Twitter-driven attack on NBC, rhetorically asking, “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?

Why I'm coming out against the Tribune Media-Sinclair merger

[Commentary] The proposed mega-merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media would create the nation's largest television broadcast company in history, reaching over 70 percent of households nationwide.

DOJ Requires Divestitures of Radio Stations as Part of Entercom’s Acquisition of CBS Radio

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced that it will require Entercom Communications Corp. to divest 13 radio stations in order for Entercom to proceed with its acquisition of CBS Radio, Inc.