Category: COVID-19

From the President/CEO…

Dear MAB Members, Like many of you we are working with a very small staff as requested in the Stay at Home/Stay Safe Order by the Governor. There is one, or sometimes two of us, in the office to answer phones and help our members who must stay on the air. Here is what we… read more

What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Means For Broadcasters

Note: As of 5 p.m. Thursday (3/26), the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president.  The massive, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package contains a number of provisions designed to help the broadcasting and entertainment workforce, including workers with… read more

CPB Gets $75 Million in Emergency Funds

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets $75 million in emergency funds in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night but still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president. The money is to keep up facilities of noncommercial TV and radio stations and to help stations, particularly… read more

Essential Planning for Broadcasters Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Access to Facilities and News Events

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With more and more states, municipalities, and other authorities issuing shelter-in-place warnings or other restrictions on travel, and with more station facilities likely to be closed temporarily because of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, broadcasters need to be planning on how to continue to operate their facilities in the… read more

FCC Chairman Commends Broadcasters’ Coronavirus Response, Calls for Further Action

From the FCC (3/17/20): Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai held a conference call yesterday with television and radio broadcasters and broadcaster trade associations to thank broadcasters for their efforts to educate the American people about the coronavirus pandemic and discuss additional ways that broadcasters can help Americans stay safe and informed during the coronavirus… read more