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 …

Failure to Keep Public File Updated Leads to FCC Consent Decree for NY Station

The FCC just issued a consent decree for a New York Station that failed to comply with the Commission’s public file obligations. Most of the consent decrees for radio are a result of the FCC reviewing a station’s license renewal application. According to a recent Media Bureau decision: “In particular, the Consent Decree resolves the Bureau’s investigation of Licensee’s compliance …