Category: Legislative Update

Michigan Small Business Relief Grant Application Window Opens Through August 5

It was announced on Wednesday (7/15) that the $100 million Michigan Small Business Restart Program will leverage federal funding through the CARES Act to help reduce the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic on Michigan small businesses and workers. Businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees, worldwide, located in Michigan will be eligible for… read more

Protect My Public Media Urges Support for Funding as Appropriations Bills Move Through Congress

Protect My Public Media has renewed its call for public media support after the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved increased funding for public media stations as it approved annual spending bills on Wednesday (7/15). Learn more about the spending bills on the Protect My Public Media blog. “The Committee’s endorsement of robust public media funding… read more

Random Issues to Consider as Media Businesses Adapt to the New World of the Virus – Music Uses on Zoom and Other Platforms, Unlicensed FM Transmitters

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As business adapts to the pandemic so, too, do legal issues.  A couple have come to my attention in recent weeks that I thought bear passing on.  One deals with copyright concerns, the other with FCC matters about use of unlicensed FM transmitters.  Both arise as businesses adapt the… read more

$15,000 FCC Fine Proposed for Underwriting Announcements that Were Too Commercial

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP When do noncommercial stations stray from permissible acknowledgment of those local businesses that provide funding for its operations to impermissible commercials?  That question was addressed in a Notice of Apparent Liability issued by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau on Thursday (7/2), proposing a $15,000 fine for a low power FM station whose underwriting… read more

FCC Seeking Comment on the Origination of Programming by FM Translators

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Should broadcasters be able to originate programming on FM translators? Playing off the proposal to allow limited amounts of programming on FM boosters – basically the insertion of local ads, news, or emergency alerts – in the zonecasting proposal on which the FCC took comments earlier this year (see… read more

Michelle Duke Named NAB Chief Diversity Officer

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith announced Thursday (618) that Michelle Duke will assume the role of Chief Diversity Officer, effective July 1. In the newly created position, Duke will spearhead NAB’s internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as… read more

FCC rules vacant space not for NextGen TV

Broadcasters will not be allowed to use vacant channel space for NextGen TV deployment, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled and he National Association of Broadcasters has thanked the FCC for clarifying regulations, saying its members are eager to launch the improved services NextGen technology will facilitate. According to a report in Broadcasting+Cable, the FCC… read more