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 …

College Stations Must Comply with FCC Public File Rules

As we have noted in the past, noncommercial and college stations are not exempt from the FCC’s public file obligations. We see this issue play out as the FCC reviews radio license renewals for New York. A recent decision involving Alfred University’s radio station serves as an example: “Consent Decree resolves issues arising from the Bureau’s review of the captioned …

The FCC Looks to Expand EAS Station Reporting

At the last meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in which it proposes a number of additional reporting obligations on stations participating in the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Issuing an NPRM is the first step in adopting a new rule. The FCC is asking for public comment. Specifically, it proposes to: Protect against cyberattacks by requiring …

Student Run Non-commercial Stations: Pay Attention to FCC Rules

The FCC’s Media Bureau issued an Order under which it entered into a Consent Decree to resolve a student-run noncommercial FM station’s filing of its license renewal application two months late, and the station’s failure to place any issues and programs lists in its online public inspection file. The station demonstrated that its violations were first-time paperwork violations. Accordingly, the …

17th Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Rainbow Room

The New York State Broadcasters Association hosted its 17th annual Hall of Fame Luncheon in the famous Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Last Thursday’s event brought with it a room packed with attendees who saw the best in broadcasting inducted into the NYSBA Hall of Fame. Michael Strahan was recognized as the 2022 Broadcaster of the …

Legislation Would Reverse Court Decision Regarding Need to Search Federal Databases Regarding Foreign Programming

In 2021, the FCC adopted a rule requiring broadcasters to provide special sponsorship IDs for any content provided by a foreign government or their agent. As part of that rule, stations were required to check with two government sources to verify the real identity of programming sponsors: the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) website and the Commission’s …

A Station Must Operate Within the Terms of its License

There are a growing number of instances in which stations are not operating according to the terms of their license. It may be that a transmitter or tower has been moved slightly. Sometimes stations do not work at the power levels contained in the license. Recent cases demonstrate that stations need to operate in accordance with the specific requirements of …

GMR Sues Stations for Copyright Infringement

As you know, GMR has drawn away some artists from BMI and ASCAP. Stations playing these artists may be liable to GMR for copyright fees. Noted communications attorney David Oxenford has reported on recent litigation commenced by GRM against some stations. He states: “Global Music Rights (GMR) has sued three radio groups for not paying royalties for the public performance …

Important Updates to FCC EAS Rules

At its meeting on September 29th, the FCC adopted new rules regarding Emergency Alert Services (EAS) notices. The new rules would apply to both radio and television stations. This is part of the FCC’s ongoing effort to update all of its EAS rules. The Report and Order announced two basic changes to EAs notifications: Use of CAP Format Notifications –  …