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5 Questions on the FCC’s EEO Obligations for Broadcasters

Posted On: February 1, 2023

The Indiana Broadcasters Association recently asked me five questions to highlight the requirements of the FCC’s EEO rules.  As these questions are applicable to all broadcasters, we are posting my response here. My answers are below. Beyond the general requirement that all broadcasters (and all other businesses) avoid discrimination in hiring, promotion, and all other... Continue Reading…

February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Renewal Applications, EEO Reports, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, Children’s Programming Reports, Copyright Fees for Webcasters, ETRS Form One, and More

Posted On: January 31, 2023

There are normally a host of regulatory obligations at the beginning of February, but because of technical issues with the FCC’s online public file and LMS systems, many February 1 dates, as well as some January regulatory deadlines, have been extended to late February. Due to technical problems that affected FCC filings throughout the month... Continue Reading…

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: January 23, 2023 to January 30, 2023

Posted On: January 29, 2023

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Continue Reading…

FCC Extends End of January Deadlines for LMS and Online Public File Documents Due to Filing System Technical Issues 

Posted On: January 28, 2023

The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice, extending the deadlines for all filings that were due to be made next week in the FCC’s LMS or online public file systems.  The new deadline is February 28, 2023.  While we don’t usually post articles on this blog on Saturday, given that there may be broadcasters around... Continue Reading…

 An Overview of the Hot Policy Topics in Music Licensing

Posted On: January 26, 2023

Royalties paid for the use of music by broadcasters and digital media companies, and other issues about music rights, can be an incredibly dense subject, with nuances that can be overlooked.  I participated in a CLE webinar earlier this week, sponsored by the Federal Communications Bar Association, where we tried to demystify some of the... Continue Reading…

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: January 15, 2023 to January 22, 2023

Posted On: January 22, 2023

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Continue Reading…

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: January 7, 2023 to January 14, 2023

Posted On: January 15, 2023

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Continue Reading…

Broadcasters’ Calendar – A Look Ahead to the Regulatory Dates for 2023

Posted On: January 11, 2023

2023 has begun – and everyone is speculating as to what the New Year will bring.  Last week, we published an article looking at some of the regulatory issues that the FCC will potentially deal with this year.  But some regulatory dates are already on the calendar, and broadcasters need to be aware of the... Continue Reading…

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: December 31, 2022 to January 6, 2023

Posted On: January 8, 2023

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Continue Reading…

FCC Announces that Broadcasters Must File EAS Test Reporting System Form One By February 28, 2023 – Almost All Broadcasters Must File

Posted On: January 6, 2023

Late last year, the FCC announced that it would be opening the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) for the filing of ETRS Form One by February 28, 2023.  This week, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that that system has in fact been opened, and telling broadcasters that they can now file the required... Continue Reading…


Year in Review and Looking Ahead

The Nevada Broadcasters Association has had an amazing 2022. I'd like to thank NVBA Chairwoman Amie Chapman and the entire Board of Directors for their incredible leadership!
 
Much of the credit goes to you! Our member stations faithfully air our PSA's (NCSA's) enabling us to distribute important public health and safety messages to all Nevadans. Your generosity helps us continue our work on behalf of the Silver State's radio and television community.  Because of your support we're able to  support the Tony and Linda Bonnici Scholarship program which has awarded 232 scholarships in 12 short years! 
 
In Congressional news, the House Judiciary Committee approved the American Music Fairness Act, which would tax local radio stations because they offer free, over-the-air music to listeners. Because we relentlessly lobbied for the Local Radio Freedom Act, (thank you Congressman Amodei!)  this bill is dead on arrival. Even so, we contacted every member of our delegation to reiterate our opposition to this  onerous tax on local radio. 
 
We also closely tracked a bill that would allow financial transactions of cannabis in states where it is legal. A significant amendment would also allow advertising by radio and television stations. This is an important effort on behalf of stations who want the ability to advertise cannabis products in Nevada, where it is now legal. 
 
Some other 2022 highlights:
  • NVBA was the second  state association in the nation to get its EAS plan approved by the FCC!
  • We revamped our Alternative Inspection Program (ABIP) which enabled us to conduct 36 inspections, a service we provide free of charge to our member stations.
  • The FCC reduced an unreasonable 13% increase in regulatory fees after we vigorously  fought that increase through our Washington DC attorney.  
 
In 2023 we will be launching our retooled First Response Broadcaster program and getting ready to lobby our state lawmakers and members of Congress on issues that matter the most to you. 
 
Speaking of state lawmakers, we are bringing back "Broadcaster's Day" in Carson City. It will take place all day on Thursday, March 9 in the legislative building. We will hear from Governor Lombardo and various state lawmakers throughout the day. I hope you can join us! 
 
Speaking of Governor Lombardo, I'm pleased to report that I have been asked to serve on the Governor's transition team. This is quite an honor and it's only because our radio and television stations are held in such high regard at the highest levels of government.
 
I hope you value your membership in our Association. Your participation and support are important to us. 
 
Thank you for being a part of what we do!
 
Mitch


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