NYSBA Wants to Hear Your Story

Those of us working in local broadcasting are fortunate enough to have an exciting career in an industry that serves local communities across New York State. Whether you are an on-air news anchor, on-the-street reporter, account executive, producer, or marketing specialist you can make a difference in your community. It’s time to help the next generation. Every year students across …

When Selling a Station Be Careful About Retaining Program Control Though an LMA

In a number of cases, stations have been sold to a new owner, yet the seller attempts to retain control over programming even after the sale has been completed. In most instances, this takes the form of the seller entering into a local marketing agreement (LMA) agreement with the buyer. The key concern here is the FCC’s “Reversionary Interest Rule,” …

NY AG Assesses Fine for Having Radio Personalities Endorse Products They Did Not Use

Influencers, broadcast personalities, and celebrities endorsing products must be careful in New York. Recently, NY Attorney General Letitia James issued a consent decree with Google and iHeart for having radio personalities endorse a product that they did not use. In a recent press release the NY Attorney General’s office stated: “Google and iHeartMedia paid influencers to promote products they never used, …

FCC Issues Liability Notice for Brooklyn Pirate on 99.3 FM

Continuing its efforts to eradicate illegal pirate radio operations in NYC, the FCC issued a Notice concerning an illegal pirate station operating on 99.3 FM in Brooklyn. According to the FCC, “The New York Office of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Enforcement Bureau is investigating a complaint about an unlicensed FM broadcast station operating on frequency 99.3 MHz. On July …

TVNewsCheck Panel: Local Spot TV Revenue Flat to Down for FY 2023

In a recent article, TVNewsCheck reported on a panel titled “Optimizing Spot TV in a Non-Political Year.” The panel featured Sinclair, Nexstar, Marketron, Horizon Media, and JDA Media executives. As reported in TVNewsCheck: “TV stations are facing a flat to down 2023 when it comes to spot TV revenue after the nearly $9 billion mid-term election — with about half …

NYSBA Files to Change FCC Reg Fees

The New York State Broadcasters Association, along with the other state broadcast associations, recently filed comments with the FCC regarding the need to change how it calculates regulatory fees. The FCC opened a proceeding to address concerns about how it calculates regulatory fees. In the comments we noted the following: “The current fee process results in a fee schedule that …

NY Office of Cannabis Management Issues Disappointing Tentative Rules

The New York Office of Cannabis Management (NYOCM) has issued tentative rules to govern adult-use cannabis products. In re-issuing the rules, it has opened a new 45-day public comment period. We had significant concerns with the rules as initially proposed.  NYSBA filed extensive comments last August (see below).  Unfortunately, the tentative rules do not resolve our problems.  90% Placement Rule …

FCC Acts on Another Illegal Pirate Station in Brooklyn (105.5 FM)

The FCC continues to send illegal pirate notices to property owners that have illegal pirate ration operations on their property. Property owners are potentially responsible for a fine of up to $2 million for allowing such operations to continue. In a recent notice, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau sent a notice to NETTA BRIDGEMAN AND CHRISTOPHER PRIMUS in BROOKLYN, NY. The …

FCC Changes Nielsen Data Report for Determining Carriage in TV Markets

At the FCC’s regular monthly open meeting on November 17, the Commissioners unanimously adopted a Report and Order to update its rules to identify Nielsen’s monthly Local TV Station Information Report (“Local TV Report”) as the new publication for determining a television station’s designated market area (“DMA”) for satellite and cable carriage purposes. The FCC stated: “The Commission’s current rules …