Category: January 2021

Michigan Broadcasters Currently Assigned to Vaccine Priority Group ‘1C’

At this time within Michigan, vaccines are being given to individuals in prioritized group “1B.”  MAB President/CEO Karole L. White has been in communication with MDHHS, this group includes frontline essential workers who are continuously working closely with large numbers of the public on a daily basis. Those would include workers like first responders, firefighters,… read more

Online Gaming, Sports Betting Begins Today

The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced Tuesday (1/19) that nine operators will be able to launch online sports betting, online gaming or both beginning on Friday (1/22), according to a report in Gongwer. The ability to launch online gaming and online sports betting was set to begin at noon today for all nine operators, which… read more

WCMU Hosts Conversation on ‘COVID Virus & Vaccines’

On January 19, WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) hosted a virtual conversation, “WCMU Pop-Up: COVID Virus & Vaccines,” an insight on how local Michigan communities are controlling COVID-19 and keeping their communities safe. According to a press release from WCMU Public Media, new data about how the spread was impacted by the holiday season will… read more

DOJ Ends its Review of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees – For Now…What Does it Mean?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In 2019, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice began a review of the court-administered antitrust consent decrees that have bound ASCAP and BMI since the 1940s.  We wrote about the issues in their review here.  The formal review of these decrees began as part of the DOJ’s broader review of its… read more

NAB Statement on Department of Justice Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

In response to the Department of Justice’s decision to take no action on the consent decrees governing the performance royalty organizations ASCAP and BMI, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith released the following statement: “NAB is very pleased that the Department of Justice will not move to make changes to the ASCAP and BMI consent… read more

SCOTUS Hears Broadcast Deregulation Arguments

The FCC and National Association of Broadcasters made their virtual arguments to the Supreme Court Tuesday (1/19) on why a lower court was wrong to invalidate the FCC’s 2017 broadcast ownership deregulation decision, a defense that came in the waning hours of the FCC’s Republican majority, which had approved the rule changes over the objections… read more

WKAR Goes Virtual with PBS Kids Day

WKAR Public Media is presenting another PBS Kids Day on Saturday, January 30.  With the current COVID-19 pandemic, this PBS Kids Day will be held online. Viewers can login and explore science with the Curious Crew and enjoy story time with PBS Kids favorite Daniel Tiger and WKAR’s Mrs. Pizzo. Morning and afternoon sessions are available…. read more

Detroit SBJ Chapter Taking Award Entries, Scholarship Applications

The Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is calling for entries for the Excellence in Media awards, accepting nominations for Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year, and receiving applications for Laurain Scholarships. SPJ Detroit will present awards for outstanding journalism in Michigan Detroit publications, broadcast, digital and social media… read more