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."

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:

Justice Department Investigates TV Station Owners Over Advertising Sales

Apparently, the Justice Department is investigating whether television station owners violated antitrust law in ways that inflated local television advertising prices.

Are Sinclair’s problems just getting started?

A favorable presidential tweet and a court win on a crucial Federal Communications Commission regulatory loophole may have buoyed Sinclair Broadcast Group as the conservative broadcaster faces the daunting prospect of a lengthy administrative hear

US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit Rejects Petition to Reverse FCC's UHF Discount

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has declined to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's restoration of the UHF discount on the grounds that the parties challenging it--Free Press, Prometheus Radio--did not have standing to brin

House Communications Subcommittee Oversight Hearing of FCC

The House Communications Subcommittee held a long-delayed Federal Communications Commission oversight hearing July 25. Notably, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stood by the FCC's decision to designate the Sinclair-Tribune deal for hearing.

How far will the FCC pursue Sinclair Broadcasting’s “misrepresentations” now that President Trump has intervened?

It is heartening to see the Federal Communications Commission’s unanimous decision to designate the $3.9 billion Sinclair Broadcasting acquisition of Tribune Media for administrative review.

Sponsor: 

National Hispanic Media Coalition, Free Press, Common Cause

Date: 
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:30 to 11:30

President Trump criticizes FCC for moving to block Sinclair-Tribune merger

President Donald Trump came to the defense of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed merger with Tribune Media, days after the Federal Communications Commission raised “serious concerns” about the deal and began legal proceedings to

Maintaining diversity in broadcasting

[Commentary]  The Federal Communications Commission’s sudden halt to Sinclair Broadcasting’s effort to dominate local television is far from an example of an overbearing regulatory state.