Category: Ownership

What Radio Is Watching For In Washington During 2024.


There’s lots of unfinished business for broadcasters in Washington as the new year begins, from pending legislation in Congress to proposed rulemakings at the Federal Communications Commission. In the latest installment of Inside Radio‘s Radio Outlook 2024 series, we look at the top regulatory issues facing the industry this year.

Priority One: AM Radio

There is no bigger issue for the radio industry right now than pushing Congress to pass a bill that would direct the Department of Transportation to issue a rule requiring that AM broadcast stations be accessible in all passenger motor vehicles manufactured in, imported into, or shipped within the U.S. The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act (S. 1669) is pending on the Senate floor. Yet without 60 votes lined up, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is unlikely to even bring it up for a vote. But supporters like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) are expected to try to attach the bill to a piece of must-pass legislation. Yet there remains bipartisan skepticism in the House where some lawmakers have said they are uneasy with such a mandate that favors one industry over another. Supporters think if the Senate passes the bill, it could give them the momentum they need in the House.

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Citing lack of diversity in media ownership, members of Congress urge FCC to do equity audit


People of color own and control 6% of the nation’s full-power TV stations, 7% of commercial FM radio stations and 12% of commercial AM radio stations but make up more than 40% of the U.S. population.

Congressional leaders and a media advocacy group are urging the Federal Communications Commission to examine how policy decisions and programs have disparately harmed Black Americans and other communities of color.

In a letter sent to the acting FCC chair, Democratic U.S. Reps. Jamaal Bowman of New York, Yvette Clarke of New York and Brenda Lawrence of Michigan along with Media 2070 said the FCC should conduct an assessment to “address and redress” the harm the agency’s policies and programs have caused Black and brown communities and identify “affirmative steps the agency commits to taking to break down barriers to just media and telecommunication practices.”

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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.

The justices found the FCC had acted reasonably in its 2017 regulatory rollback, which included scrapping a rule that had barred a single company from owning a radio or TV station along with a newspaper in a single local market.

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