Category: Legislative Update

Another $15,000 Fine Proposed for Missing Issues Programs Lists – And a Fine for a Late-Filed Renewal

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP A pattern is being established – $15,000 and a short-term, 2-year license renewal seem to have become the standard penalty for stations that are missing all of their Quarterly Issues Programs Lists for a license renewal term. On October 8, the FCC’s Media Bureau issued a proposed fine to… read more

Department of Labor Issues Final Ruling on Changes to Salary Threshold

CORRECTION TO MAB NEWSLETTER ARTICLE ON NEW FLSA RULES In the Friday, October 4, MAB newsletter, an IRS category of employee was incorrectly identified. The correct term denoting individuals in supervisory/management capacities are considered white-collar employees. It is this category of employee which has had the pay scale limit raised. According to an IRS Bulletin… read more

FCC Proposes Changes to Rule Requiring Public Notice of Application Filing – Looking to Online Notice Rather Than Newspaper Publication

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP At its open meeting last week, the FCC adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looking to change the requirement for local public notice of certain broadcast applications. Such notices are required currently for applications, including license renewals and station sales. The current rules contain different requirements for different… read more

$15,000 Fine and Short-Term License Renewal Proposed for Radio Station Missing Issues Programs Lists in Its Online Public Inspection File

Note from MAB President/CEO Karole White:  The MAB Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP), includes our expert inspector’s opinion on your public file. With an uptick in FCC scrutiny of public files, you may want an outside expert to take a look. This report is just one part of the comprehensive ABIP program offered by the… read more

Budget Sent to Governor

The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that with just a week to spare, the GOP-lead Michigan Legislature finished work Tuesday on a $59.9 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year that includes $120 million for water infrastructure improvements and treatment of PFAS and other contaminants in water systems across the state. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has… read more

FCC Offers KidVid Compliance Guide To Small TV Stations

With the recent revision of the Children’s Television Programming rules, the FCC has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide aimed at smaller TV stations and other organizations to help them comply with the revised rules. The new “KidVid” rules, which went into effect on September 16, cover how and when TV stations can air educational/informational… read more

Governor Looking for Budget Bills

The Associated Press reported  on Tuesday that Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Republican legislative leaders to quickly send her budget bills before their weekend “getaway” for a GOP political gathering, saying she needs as much time as possible to review and sign them by a September 30 deadline. Republicans countered that they would take final votes… read more

FCC Delays Due Date for Biennial Ownership Reports – But Don’t Forget Other Important Dates for Reg Fees, EAS Test Forms, and New FM Application Forms Next Week

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On September 17, the FCC announced that the due dates for Biennial Ownership Reports, which had been December 1 of this year, will now be January 31, 2020. The Order announcing that action is available here. The FCC notice says that this additional time is needed to make updates… read more