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."

Statement on Tribune Ending its Merger with Sinclair

Today is a good day for every American who believes that diversity of voices in the media is better for our democracy. The combination of Sinclair and Tribune would have created a media mega-monster that would have put far too much power over loca

Moonves In The News: How CBS Is Telling Its Own Story

To its credit, CBS News has not shied away from reporting on its own top executives who stand accused of committing acts of sexual harassment and tolerating a culture of inappropriate sexual behavior -- most notably within the CBS News division.

House Democrats Seek New Probe of Sinclair

Reps Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether Sinclair Broadcast Group

The wild west of children's entertainment

An explosion of new digital options for kids' entertainment has pulled children's attention away from live TV to instant, on-demand programming, bringing with it new challenges for producers, policymakers and parents. TV networks are trying to mod

FCC Chairman Pai says President Trump has not contacted him on Sinclair deal

President Donald Trump has not contacted the Federal Communications Commission about its lack of approval for Sinclair's deal to buy Tribune, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “No one in the White House has contacted us to express a view about the merge

FCC Proposes Rules for Expanded Incentive-Auction Reimbursements

The Federal Communications Commission proposed rules to implement a recent Congressional directive to reimburse certain Low Power TV (LPTV), TV translator, and FM stations for costs incurred as a result of the FCC’s incentive auction.

FCC Establishes Incubator Program Procedures To Increase Diversity In The Broadcast Industry

The Federal Communications Commission adopted requirements that will govern an incubator program to assist new, small, or struggling voices, including women and minorities, in overcoming the key barriers to entry into the broadcast sector. Under t

Nine Months Late, an FCC Oversight Hearing

The House Communications Subcommittee held a long-delayed Federal Communications Commission oversight hearing July 25. Overall, the review of the FCC was split along partisan lines.

FCC Diversity Committee Members Push FCC To Include TV in Incubator

Some members of the Federal Communications Commission's diversity advisory committee want to make sure TV does not get left out of the FCC's proposed new diversity incubator program.

Agenda for August 2, 2018 FCC Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, August 2, 2018: