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."

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

As of August 2017, two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media – with two-in-ten doing so often, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center.

Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use

The gap between the share of Americans who get news online and those who do so on television is narrowing.

This Sinclair-Tribune Merger Is A Rotten Deal For America

[Commentary] Sinclair’s merger with Tribune would give them stations reaching 72 percent of the country.

Remarks of Chairman Pai at 2017 Radio Show

Reducing burdens on broadcasters is a natural segue to my next topic: our across-the-board review of our media rules. Back in May, the Federal Communications Commission launched a comprehensive review of our media regulations.

Newt Minow: Lessons from the Cuban missile crisis

[Commentary] As one of the few remaining members of the Kennedy administration who participated in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, I was an eyewitness to the crucial role that telecommunications played in averting nuclear disaster.

Unions Unite Against Sinclair/Tribune

Various unions have lined up against the Sinclair/Tribune merger, concerned, among other things, that the meld's synergies will mean job losses.

NCTA Seeks Regulatory 'Guardrails' on Sinclair/Tribune

NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, has stopped short of seeking outright denial of the Sinclair/Tribune merger, but it has major problems with it and suggests the Federal Communications Commission should consider disallowing new duopo

Sinclair/Tribune Foes Remain Unmoved

As expected, the companies and groups that lined up to oppose or strongly criticize the proposed Sinclair/Tribune merger were not ready to bury the hatchet and sing kumbaya in response to Sinclair's vigorous defense of the deal's public interest b

The Realpolitik of the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

[Commentary] The controversy behind the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 Billion cash and stock agreement to acquire 42 broadcast stations and other media assets from Tribune Media continues to swirl.

Sinclair/Tribune Critics Tell FCC: No Deal

With reply comments due Aug 29 on Sinclair's $3.9 billion proposal to buy Tribune's TV stations, opponents of the deal do not appear to have been persuaded by Sinclair's lengthy defense of the deal's public interest benefits, which was filed at th