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 […]

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 […]

Big Country Stars Thank Radio

From Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi performing at The Ryman to Thomas Rhett, who played opening night of CRS at the Amazon Music sponsored event, the gratitude from country artists was clear; thank you for playing our songs. It’s the goal every country artist has and not one complained that radio stations were playing their […]

FCC Shares Cyber Warnings About Russia

All communications companies should heed a recent security advisory, it said The Federal Communications Commission is encouraging communications companies to read a federal security advisory about cyber threats from Russia, and act on it. “The commission urges all communications companies to take the recommended actions to protect their networks from cyber threats, to detect and […]

Broadcasters Push for Local Journalism Tax Break Bill

Say Big Tech is draining off critical ad dollars Local broadcasters are urging the Senate to provide tax credits to stations that staff up their newsrooms, citing, in part, Big Tech’s “devouring” of their local ad market. In a letter to Senate leadership, all 50 state broadcaster associations called for passage of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act.

Court Decision Gives NAB More Ammo In Battle Over FCC Regulatory Fees.

The National Association of Broadcasters is doubling down on its position that Big Tech companies should pay annual regulatory fees to the Federal Communications Commission. In reply comments filed Friday, the trade group says a June 4 DC Circuit Court decision gives the agency the authority to do so. The FCC has proposed to hike annual fees […]

NAB Announces Leadership Transition

Washington, D.C. — National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon H. Smith announced today his plans to transition to an advisory and advocacy role effective Dec. 31, 2021. The organization’s Chief Operating Officer Curtis LeGeyt has been named the next president and CEO of NAB effective Jan. 1, 2022. In a video message to […]

Supreme Court upholds FCC move to loosen media ownership rules

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a move by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to relax media ownership rules, handing down a unanimous ruling that favors large broadcasters. The decision dealt a blow to challengers who argued that laxer regulations could usher in more media consolidation at the expense of minority and female media ownership. […]

How To Make Ownership More Diverse? Broadcasters Tell FCC It Comes Down To Money.

Familiar problems of tight-fisted lenders and new hurdles brought by the coronavirus, and the recent focus on racial justice dominated much of the conversation Friday as the FCC’s Diversity Advisory Committee put the focus on broadcast ownership. The daylong symposium was held virtually, a reflection of the current situation with COVID-19. Beasley Broadcast Group CEO […]

NAB’s Smith: ‘Time to Acknowledge the Election of Joe Biden’

President Donald Trump still refuses to concede the election WASHINGTON—After days of news coverage of mail-in votes across multiple states being tallied, broadcasters and media officially called the 2020 presidential election for former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is now the president-elect and set to take office as the 46th president on Jan. 20, 2021. […]