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."

Sinclair deal spooks liberals ahead of 2020 presidential race

Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media would give the conservative-leaning company control of an additional TV station in Des Moines (IA) — one of the most important presidential primary media markets in the

As Low-Power Local Radio Rises, Tiny Voices Become a Collective Shout

Low-power nonprofit FM stations are the still, small voices of media.

Differing Perspectives on Deregulation – Looking at Comments on FCC’s Proposal to Modify Rules on Public Notice of Broadcast Applications

While some might think that the business of deregulation is easy, that usually is not the case, as comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s proposals to modify the public notice requirements for broadcast applications make clear. In a N

Holiday Handouts: How the FCC Gave Gifts to Sinclair and Lumps of Coal for Consumers

At the end of the day, each action the Federal Communications Commission took described below has furthered Sinclair’s efforts to merge with Tribune at the expense of consumers.

FCC Proposes to Fine Sinclair Broadcast Group Over $13 Million for Violations of Sponsorship ID Rules

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $13,376,200 fine against Sinclair Broadcast Group for apparently failing to make required disclosures in connection with programming sponsored by a third party.

Poisoning The Well: The View Of Sinclair Broadcast Group From Flint

As far as media markets go, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with a greater need for fair and sober reporting than Flint (MI).

Doing a Number on Diversity

[Commentary] This holiday season, the Federal Communications Commission has made it clear they have massive broadcast conglomerates like Sinclair Broadcasting on their “nice” list while an independent and local media will only be receiving coal. C

How the Disney-Fox megadeal could impact the news media

Disney's $52.4 billion holiday shopping spree puts 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets under Mickey Mouse's Christmas tree but leaves the Fox broadcast network, Fox News and Fox Business with Rupert Murdoch.  “This merger seems to be explicitl

Sinclair to FCC: News-Lite St. Louis TV Station is Exception

Sinclair Broadcasting has told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai that it shares Sen Claire McCaskill's (D-MO) frustration with the lack of "traditional local news" on its KDNL St.

What You Should Know About the FCC's New TV Standard

There are things that the FCC is doing beyond ruining your internet that are worth discussing.