Category: February 2018

FCC Sets Comment Dates on National TV Ownership Caps

In December, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to review the national ownership cap for over-the-air television. The cap limits one owner from having attributable interests in television stations reaching more than 39 percent of the national audience. The date for initial comments is now set for February 26. The date for the reply comments… read more

WXYZ Gears Up For Annual MHS Valentine’s Telethon

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) will air the Michigan Humane Society’s annual “Valentine’s Telethon”  on February 8, from 6 a.m. to midnight. Last year’s event raised $382,000 for local animals in need. For a seventh consecutive year the Telethon is sponsored by Purina. Alicia Smith, anchor for “7 Action News This Morning,” will host the broadcast. Smith will… read more

‘ALERT’ Act Gives the Feds Sole Responsibility to Notify the Public of a Missile Threat

Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) have introduced the “Authenticating Local Emergencies and Real Threats (ALERT) Act.” They say this bill would improve the emergency alert system and give the federal government the sole responsibility of alerting the public of a missile threat, prohibiting state and local governments from doing… read more

Court of Appeals Rejects Petitions, New Ownership Rules Go In Effect

According to Scott Flick, communications attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC, the Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the efforts of petitioners to block the implementation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s changes to the broadcast ownership rules. “That means the changes to the TV duopoly rule, as well as elimination of the radio-TV and newspaper… read more

NATAS Announces 2018 Silver/Gold Circle Nominees

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the nominees for its 2018 Silver and Gold Circle awards.  One of the highest honors given by NATAS, the Michigan Silver Circle® recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25 years or more. Gold… read more

WXYZ-TV Names Newsmaker of the Year

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has named Gerard “Gerry” Anderson, Chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year. Anderson has been applauded for his company’s civic contributions, including the state-of-the-art Beacon Park, the annual tree lighting at Campus Martius Park, new neighborhood street lights, and power for major public events including the Detroit Grand Prix…. read more

WMGC-FM Launches Weight Loss/Healthy Living Challenge

Beasley Media Group’s WMGC-FM (Detroit) launched of  The Bounce’s 105K lb. Weight Loss & Healthy Living Challenge on January 27.  The challenge is a 10-week program designed to encourage listeners to exercise, eat healthier, and have a better overall understanding of what it means to live a healthy life. Molina Healthcare, Custom Health Centers, and Eastern Market… read more