Court Strikes Down Some (Not All) Foreign Program ID Requirements

For years, broadcasters have been required to provide sponsorship identification on advertising and paid sponsored programming. This issue moved to the “front burner” when the FCC expressed concerns about paid programming from foreign governments, especially China and Russia. To address this problem, the FCC required stations to investigate these programs beyond the questions raised in the typical sponsorship ID context. …

Cannabis Advertising Language in FCC Appropriations Bill Passes House

As you know, even though New York State has approved the adult use of cannabis, there are significant impediments for broadcast stations in terms of accepting cannabis advertising. Broadcast stations operate under a federal license, and cannabis remains illegal under federal law. Despite this fact, Congress appears to be moving in the right direction. As reported previously, we inserted language …

Leader Schumer Introduces Broad Cannabis Legalization Bill in Senate

As expected, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Sen. Cory Booker (D NJ) and Sen Ron Wyden (D OR), introduced an extensive cannabis bill in the Senate. The 296-page bill removes cannabis from the controlled Substances Act and eliminates federal prohibitions in states that have chosen to legalize medical or adult use of cannabis. It retains federal prohibitions on the …

U.S. Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D NM) Introduces Cannabis Advertising Bill

As we go to press, we expect Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D NM) to introduce a cannabis advertising bill in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would allow broadcasters to accept cannabis advertisements consistent with the law of the state in which they are licensed. For stations in New York, this means a station would be able to accept advertisements for …

NYSBA Opposes FCC Regulatory Fee Increase

Last week, NYSBA, along with the other state broadcast associations, filed an opposition with the FCC regarding its proposed increase in regulatory fees. Once again, we indicated that the proposed fee increase places an unfair burden on broadcasters. The filing notes: “However, a review of the fee amounts the FCC expects to charge broadcast payors this year reveals a fee …

Proposed NY Cannabis Ad Rules Could Prevent Advertising

The New York Office of Cannabis management issued proposed rules that would govern advertising for recreational cannabis use in New York. The public has 60 days to comment on the rules. The proposed regulations make it clear that advertising content should not be directed at anyone under 21 years of age. There are two aspects to the rules that cause …