Analysis Finds 35% Increase In Local Broadcast TV News Over Past Decade

Television stations significantly increased the number of local news telecasts and hours of news content they aired over a 10-year period, according to an analysis of Nielsen data conducted by the National Association of Broadcasters. NAB examined the number of programs classified by Nielsen as “local news” as well as the hours of local news aired across […]

Effort To Allow Cannabis Ads On Local Radio And TV Clears House.

Broadcasters’ hopes of cashing in on the cannabis legalization trend took a step forward Wednesday. The U.S. House approved a series of budget bills on a 220 to 207 vote, including one that would pave the way for local radio and television stations to accept cannabis ads as long as it is located in a […]

FEMA Says No National EAS Test Is Planned For This Year.

The national test of the Emergency Alert System has become a near-annual tradition since the first one was conducted in 2011. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will not conduct a nationwide EAS test in 2022. “It will not happen this year,” said Antwane Johnson, FEMA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator. “We are planning to […]

FCC Trying to Visualize New and Improved EAS

NAB sees no need for a “complex redesign” of EAS The National Association of Broadcasters believes many of the pieces needed to improve emergency alerting in the United States are already in place and no major overhaul of existing EAS is needed. The FCC’s pursuit of ways to improve the utility of EAS to more […]

U.S. Radio’s New Technical Rules Take Effect April 18

FCC order aims to eliminate rule inconsistencies and drop outdated ones Here is an update to a story we’ve been following for you: The updated technical rules for U.S. radio broadcasters take effect April 18. As reported earlier, the Federal Communications Commission in February released a report and order with the goal of streamlining and […]

NAB Launches Attack Ads Ahead Of Royalty Bill’s Expected Advance In Congress.

Despite a near-majority of House members on record as opposing the creation of a performance royalty placed on radio stations, the National Association of Broadcasters says it expects a bill that would do just that will move forward in the coming weeks. The NAB says it expects House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to […]

FAA Report Recommends Update to Drone Rules

The recommendations outline new regulations, certifications for “beyond visual line of sight” operation Drone pilots, take notice: The Federal Aviation Administration committee is recommending new operational rules and certification criteria for uncrewed aircraft systems operating beyond visual line of sight. The FAA Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee released its final report earlier this month. The committee […]

Newspaper Industry Faces Assault On Public Notices

Public notices, also known as legal notices, are a mainstay of newspaper-industry revenue. But in recent days they’ve come under assault, with at least five state legislatures moving to relax requirements that municipal and state governments post public notices in local newspapers. Last week for example, a measure to allow state and county agencies to […]

Run the airwaves with Amp, the live radio app from Amazon

Amp is launching in limited-access U.S. beta for iOS. Learn how it will enable creators to DJ their own shows for free, with tens of millions of licensed songs. Amazon just released the limited-access beta version of Amp, a new app that will give you a way to DJ your own live radio shows. Creators can […]

FCC Takes Steps to Protect Against Cyberattacks From Russia and its Agents

FCC Chairwoman wants public input on protecting against vulnerabilities WASHINGTON—In light of Russia’s attack on the Ukraine last week, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed action to help protect America’s communications networks against cyberattacks. Earlier in the week, the Department of Homeland Security warned U.S. organizations at all levels that they could face cyber threats […]