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."

Verizon Gives FCC Its Side of Univision Impasse

Verizon gave Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai its side of the carriage dispute with Univision that has resulted in those networks being off Verizon pay-TV and wireless platforms.

Sinclair May Sell TV Stations for Up to $1 Billion to Satisfy FCC

Apparently, Sinclair Broadcast Group received bids for as many as 10 television stations that could fetch up to $1 billion as it takes steps to win approval of its proposed merger with Tribune Media.

Court Won't Force Broadcasters to Translate Emergency Alerts

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has said the Federal Communications Commission was within its authority to seek more input before deciding whether or not to require broadcasters to simulcast emergency alert information in other language

FCC Chairman Pai's bind: Defend President Trump or free speech

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is facing increasing pressure to distance himself from President Donald Trump’s threats against NBC — a course of action that would risk provoking the president’s Twitter-fueled wrath.

Initial Allocation of Broadcast Reimbursement Funds Announced

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announce the issuance of an initial allocation of the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund in the total amount of $1 billion to begin to reimburse eligible full power and Class A broadcasters and mul

Broadcasters Emerging as Winner in FCC Reauthorization Process So Far

Democratic Reps of the House Commerce Committee, a panel considering the first reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission in 27 years, are finding some common cause with their Senate Republican counterparts in efforts likely to help

Knives Are Out for Sinclair-Tribune Deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group continues to take plenty of flak for its effort to buy Tribune Media's 42 stations in a deal valued at $3.9 billion.

Merger of American media giants can increase partisan reporting

[Commentary] I worry that as we focus on Russian bots on Twitter influencing elections, we’re ignoring a bigger threat to democracy and the political process right here at home: the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group with Tribune Media Co

Trump’s Attacks on the Press: Telling Escalation From Empty Threats

[Commentary] Rage against the media is political Wagyu for the president’s base.

FCC Chairman Pai “refused” to rebuke President Trump over threat to take NBC off the air

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai still hasn't publicly responded to President Trump's call for NBC and other networks to have their FCC licenses challenged, and Democratic lawmakers are stepping up the pressure.