NYSBA To Oppose GBS Booster Proposal

NYSBA, along with other state broadcast associations, is filing with the FCC in opposition to a proposal by Geo Broadcast Solutions (GBS) to revise the FCC’s booster rules. Currently, a station using a booster must transmit the same content on both its primary station and the booster. GBS proposes to change the FCC’s rule to allow a station to run …

License Renewals: FCC Imposing Consent Decrees for late Political Filings

As we have noted on a number of occasions, stations must keep their online political files up to date. It appears that the FCC continues to require stations with late political files to enter a consent decree. When issuing consent decrees the FCC notes: “Section 73.1943(a) of the Commission’s Rules requires stations to maintain and make available for public inspection …

Adam Armbruster: Auto Manufacturers to Pivot

In his latest video, noted broadcast sales expert Adam Armbruster discusses the move by auto manufacturers to less expensive vehicles. Understanding this shift can help you prepare for new advertising campaigns from auto dealers. Adam’s brief video can be found here.   CLICK HERE FOR THE NEXT STORY

New NY State Gun Laws May Affect Local Broadcasters

Last week, Governor Hochul called for an emergency legislative session to address the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s conceal and carry laws. Previously, to obtain a permit to conceal and carry a firearm in New York, an applicant had to demonstrate “a special need for self-defense.” A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court found this too restrictive. …

House Appropriations Committee Votes to Prevent FCC from Penalizing Stations for Accepting Cannabis Advertisements in FY 2023

Last Friday, the FY 2023 House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill passed the House Appropriations Committee. This is the first step in enacting legislation that will fund the government for FY 2023. The bill included language preventing the FCC from using any funds to penalize stations for accepting cannabis advertisements consistent with state law. NY has approved adult …

NY State TV PSA Promotes Important Broadband Initiative

Governor Kathy Hochul has embarked on a campaign to increase broadband usage throughout New York State. She wants to highlight a federal program that expands access to broadband for all New Yorkers. As part of the campaign, Governor Hochul is distributing to PSAs promoting this program. We believe this is an important program and request you consider airing these messages. …

FCC Proposes to Increase Regulatory Fees

The FCC issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the annual regulatory fees that must be paid by broadcast licenses. The fees will be due on September 30. The proposed fees for radio amount to a 13% increase in comparison to last year. AM Radio Construction Permits increased by $80 from $610 to $690. Construction Permits for FM increased by …

Antitrust Bill Fails to Pass New York State Assembly

As we noted several weeks ago, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris revised his antitrust legislation (S.933C) and pushed the bill through the New York State Senate. NYSBA, the New York State Business Council, MPAA, and others were able to block the bill in the Assembly. While the bill allegedly focused on “Big Tech,” it would have disrupted antitrust laws …

Social Media Platforms Must Establish a Mechanism to Report Hate Speech

As part of the response to the horrific killings in Buffalo, Governor Hochul, Senate Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, and Assembly Leader Carl Heastie agreed on a legislative package that included gun control measures and additional regulations on social media. As part of the package, S5411 (Sponsored by Sen. Anna Kaplan) and A7865 (Fahy) passed last week. These bills require “social …