Category: January 2021

Stay A Lot More Than Six Feet From The NFL’s Trademarks! 2021 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog For the last five years, I have posted guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly reference the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL.  As hard as it may be to believe, the NFL has almost made its… read more

68 Michigan Stations Air Governor Whitmer’s State of the State Address

We are proud to announce that 68 Michigan broadcast stations – 30 television and 38 radio – carried the Governor’s State of the State address. The list of stations includes members of the MAB as well as the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB). The MAB provided commercial television broadcasters with a “clean” feed of… read more

NAB Announces Creation of Advisory Committee Focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) today (1/28) announced the creation of an advisory committee to the NAB Board of Directors that will provide insights and suggestions on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues. The committee will consist of senior-level broadcasters who are women and people of color, and may include current NAB and NAB… read more

February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewals, EEO Reporting, KidVid Reports, Zonecasting Comments, FCC Open Meeting, and More

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With the federal government and the FCC under new management, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel may well take the Commission in a direction that aligns with the policies she supported during her time as a Commissioner.  It is notable that, no matter what policies she advances, the routine regulatory dates… read more

Jessica Rosenworcel Designated Acting FCC Chairwoman

On January 21, President Joseph R. Biden designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. “I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden. I thank the President for the opportunity to lead an agency with such a vital mission and… read more

Flags Lowered for Former State Sen. Shirley Johnson, ‘Good Friend to the Broadcasting Industry’

Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday and Wednesday to honor the life and service of former state Senator Shirley Johnson, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 83. “Senator Shirley Johnson was a good friend to the broadcasting… read more