NYSBA Files Against New, Burdensome FCC EAS Cyber Security Regulations

NYSBA, along with other state broadcast associations, filed Joint Comments arguing against the FCC’s proposed imposition of new EAS cybersecurity monitoring and reporting obligations and harsh enforcement policies. Imposing new burdensome regulations may drive stations away from full participation in the EAS system. The FCC proposes that EAS Participants (1) report any EAS equipment outage to the FCC and repair …

Radio Leaders – Expect a Turn Around in Second Half of 2023

A recent online edition of Inside Radio contained a terrific article from the leaders of the radio industry offering predictions for business in 2023. “Last year got off to a roaring start with double-digit revenue growth virtually across the board. But the rest of 2022 didn’t pan out the way radio hoped. In the first part of Inside Radio’s multi-part …

FCC Tells Broadcasters to Submit EAS Form No. 1 by Feb. 28, 2023

On December 15, the FCC’s Public Safety Bureau issued a Public Notice stating that broadcasters must submit their annual EAS Form 1 by February 28, 2023. While there was no national EAS test in 2022, it is anticipated that there will be a test in 2023. However, no date has been set. The Public Notice Stated: “By this Public Notice, …

Federal Cannabis Advertising Legislation Fails to Pass in 2022

NYSBA and other state broadcasting associations continue to seek a legislative solution that will allow stations to accept cannabis advertising under federal law. The proposal—the Safe Advertising Act—will allow stations to accept cannabis advertising consistent with the law of the state in which they are licensed. The bill was introduced earlier this summer by Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D NM) …

Journalism Competition and Preservation Act Fails to Pass in 2022

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) was not included in the end-of-year Omnibus package and as a result, will not pass this year. The JCPA (S.673) creates an exemption from the antitrust laws, allowing local stations and newspapers to bargain collectively with “Big Tech.” Today, “Big Tech” companies can take a station’s local news content without fairly compensating the …

Federal Election Commission Adopts Online Political Sponsorship ID Regulations

Broadcasters are used to including sponsorship IDs in their broadcast political advertisements. Today, many broadcasters have created digital platforms. Because digital platforms fall outside the scope of the FCC’s jurisdiction, the exact type and nature of sponsorship Ids for online political advertisements have been unclear. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has now clarified the sponsorship ID requirements for online digital …

SalesFuel and BIA: Recession-Proof Industries for 2023

With a potential economic downturn looming, stations should begin to look at advertising verticals that will remain viable in 2023. While no advertising vertical is completely recession-proof, there are categories that should remain strong. A recent analysis by BIA and SalesFuel provides some interesting insights into next year’s advertising market. according to the analysis, the top five “recession-proof” verticals for …