MAB Seeks Director of Education and Programs

Category: Legislative Update

Reminder: Lowest Unit Rate in Effect January 25

MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford has advised broadcasters throughout the country regarding the effective date for the lowest unit rate ahead of the presidential primaries.  In Michigan the effective date is January 25, 2020.  Stations should be certain station employees understand the requirements that go along with political advertising, including lowest unit charge and the… read more

Governor Asks MAB to Join Complete Count

By: Karole L. White, President/CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters The Census is not just important to the state, its citizens and your audience, it is vital to broadcasting. Market rankings are determined by Nielsen using the census in part. Getting a strong and complete count may help you maintain or improve your market rating and… read more

“Come See Us At The Superb Owl” – Don’t Try This At Home! 2020 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog For several 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 (see, e.g. our articles here and here). It’s that time of year again, so… read more

FCC to Host KidVid Webinar

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the FCC’s Media Bureau will host a webinar reviewing the functionality of, and changes to, the Commission’s revised Children’s Television Programming Report. The Report has been amended to implement changes adopted by the Commission regarding the children’s programming rules and broadcasters’ related reporting… read more

PIRATE Act Passes Senate, and Now on to the President for Signature – Provides for Big Fines and Enforcement Sweeps in Big Markets

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The PIRATE Act, to crack down on pirate radio, passed the Senate last week after having passed in the House of Representatives last year. It now goes to the President for signature. We’ve written about this legislation several times before (see for instance, our articles here and here). In… read more

Neilsen: U.S. Hemp-based CBD market could be a $2+ Billion Industry in 2020

Nielsen is projecting that the U.S. hemp-based CBD market could be a $2.25 billion to $2.75 billion industry in 2020. These conservative projections already account for hampered FDA rulings and other possible speed bumps for the hemp-CBD marketplace. Of course, broadcasters at this point are largely excluded from taking a piece of the cannabis advertising… read more