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FCC order aims to eliminate rule inconsistencies and drop outdated ones Here is an update to a story we’ve been following for you: The updated technical rules for U.S. radio broadcasters take effect April 18.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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Curtis LeGeyt Lays Out His Plans For NAB, Telling Members They Have Role To Play.

Three weeks into his new job, National Association of Broadcasters President Curtis LeGeyt met with members Thursday in a virtual town hall. The closed-door event allowed LeGeyt to offer an outline of where he plans to take the NAB, including the Washington fights he is most focused on in his first months leading the trade […]

NAB Show 2021 Canceled.

Citing ‘Insurmountable Challenges,’ NAB Cancels 2021 NAB Show The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that it has pulled the plug on the NAB Show scheduled for next month in Las Vegas, citing “unexpected and insurmountable challenges” from the COVID-19 pandemic and surge of the Delta variant. “While we are disappointed that we will not […]

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 […]