Author: David Oxenford

Moving Closer to TV Translator, LPTV and FM Reimbursement for TV-Band Repacking Costs

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Months ago, the FCC approved reimbursing TV translators, LPTV stations, FM stations, and FM translators that incurred costs as a result of the repacking of TV stations into less spectrum following the TV incentive auction (see our post here). Congress last year allocated the FCC money so that LPTV… read more

Another Warning Letter on CBD Promotional Copy – and Some Ideas on Timing of Government Clarity on Rules on Legal Hemp Products

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP CBD has been a hot topic for media companies – trying to decipher what products are legal and which can be advertised. We have written a number of articles on CBD, hemp and other cannabis advertising issues (see, for instance, our articles here, here, and here). Each of these… read more

Looking at Equal Opportunities – When Does the Appearance of a Political Candidate on a Broadcast Program Trigger Equal Time Obligations?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few days, much has been written about the decision of a national radio broadcaster to prohibit the host of a country music radio program from airing an interview of a Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on a nationally syndicated program. This decision has prompted many questions… read more

Court Overturns Requirement that Prescription Drug Advertisers Include Price Information in TV Ads

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, a Federal District Court ruled that the US Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to require that drug manufacturers include pricing information on their television commercials. We wrote about that requirement, here – a requirement that was supposed to go into effect… read more

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Review EEO Rules

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP When the FCC initiated its most recent EEO audits, we mentioned that the Commission was planning a rulemaking to review the effectiveness of its EEO rules for broadcasting and multi-channel video operators. The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to review these rules has now been released. This review was prompted by complaints raised in… read more

FCC Releases Draft Order on Changes to Children’s Television Rules – Action Expected July 10

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In anticipation of its July 10 open meeting, the FCC last week released its draft Order making changes to its rules requiring television stations to broadcast specific amounts of educational and informational programming directed to children. The current rules require that stations air an average of three hours of… read more

DOJ Starts Review of BMI and ASCAP Consent Decrees – Exploring the Background of the Issues

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced on June 5 that it was starting a review of the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees that govern the United States’ two largest performing rights organizations for musical compositions (referred to as the “musical work”). The DOJ’s announcement of the initiation… read more

Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List, and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of… read more