FCC Extends End of January Deadlines for LMS and Online Public File Documents Due to Filing System Technical Issues 
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by David Oxenford
2d ago
The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice, extending the deadlines for all filings that were due to be made next week in the FCC’s LMS or online public file systems.  The new deadline is February 28, 2023.  While we don’t usually post articles on this blog on Saturday, given that there may be broadcasters around the country hunched over their computers trying to make FCC filings due next week, we thought that we would make an exception today and send this alert. This extension gives more time to broadcasters to upload many applications and reports that are due to be filed next week.&n ..read more
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CRB Releases Proposed ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and GMR Rates for Noncommercial Broadcasters
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by David Oxenford
3d ago
The Copyright Royalty Board yesterday published in the Federal Register the proposed rates for the public performance of musical compositions by noncommercial broadcasters for the period 2023 through 2027.  The rates reflect settlements between ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and GMR with various organizations representing noncommercial broadcasters. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting agreed to one set of rates paid to cover NPR and PBS affiliates. The NRB (the religious broadcasters’ organization) has a Noncommercial Music License Committee that agreed to another set of rates ..read more
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 An Overview of the Hot Policy Topics in Music Licensing
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by David Oxenford
3d ago
Royalties paid for the use of music by broadcasters and digital media companies, and other issues about music rights, can be an incredibly dense subject, with nuances that can be overlooked.  I participated in a CLE webinar earlier this week, sponsored by the Federal Communications Bar Association, where we tried to demystify some of the issues in music licensing (see description here).  I moderated a panel on the Hot Topics in Music Licensing, talking about the broadcast performance royalty, the appeal of the webcasting royalty decision, issues about the proliferation of performing ..read more
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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: January 15, 2023 to January 22, 2023
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by David Oxenford and Robert Primosch
1w ago
Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The Federal Trade Commission’s proposal to ban noncompete clauses in employment agreements was published in the Federal Register, setting a comment deadline of March 20, 2023.  The proposal is a broad one, proposing to prohibit any agreement that has the same effect as a noncompete agreement, including broad nondisclosure agreements that would preclude a worker from working in their fie ..read more
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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: January 7, 2023 to January 14, 2023
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by David Oxenford and Robert Primosch
2w ago
Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. On Tuesday, January 17, the Public Notice that initiates the 2022 quadrennial review of the FCC’s media ownership rules is to be published in the Federal Register.  As a reminder, the Public Notice seeks comment on (i) the Local Radio Ownership, Local Television Ownership, and Dual Network Rules; (ii) the public interest impact of the FCC’s media ownership rules, including changing mark ..read more
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Broadcasters’ Calendar – A Look Ahead to the Regulatory Dates for 2023
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by David Oxenford
2w ago
2023 has begun – and everyone is speculating as to what the New Year will bring.  Last week, we published an article looking at some of the regulatory issues that the FCC will potentially deal with this year.  But some regulatory dates are already on the calendar, and broadcasters need to be aware of the obligations that they impose.  So, each year, at about this time, we put together a look at the regulatory dates ahead for broadcasters.  This year is no different – and we offer for your review our Broadcasters’ Regulatory Calendar for 2023.  While this calendar ..read more
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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: December 31, 2022 to January 6, 2023
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by David Oxenford
3w ago
Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In a Public Notice released late on Friday, the FCC’s Media Bureau extended the deadline for the upload of Quarterly Issues Programs lists to the online public inspection file of full-power broadcast stations.  These reports were due to be uploaded by January 10 but, as the FCC’s online public inspection file system has been experiencing technical difficulties in the new year, the Media ..read more
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FCC Announces that Broadcasters Must File EAS Test Reporting System Form One By February 28, 2023 – Almost All Broadcasters Must File
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by David Oxenford
3w ago
Late last year, the FCC announced that it would be opening the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) for the filing of ETRS Form One by February 28, 2023.  This week, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that that system has in fact been opened, and telling broadcasters that they can now file the required information.  As made clear in the Public Notice, virtually all broadcasters need to file.  This includes LPTV (with minor exceptions) and LPFM stations.  Class D FM stations, exempt from some other FCC regulations, and silent stations also need to file.  Only FM boos ..read more
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Looking Into the Crystal Ball – What’s Coming in Broadcast Regulation in 2023 From the FCC
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by David Oxenford
3w ago
It’s a new year, and it’s time to look ahead at what Washington may have in store for broadcasters this year.  The FCC may be slow to tackle some of the big issues on its agenda (like the completion of 2018 Quadrennial Review or any other significant partisan issue) as it still has only four Commissioners – two Democrats and two Republicans.  On controversial issues like changes to the ownership rules, there tends to be a partisan divide.  As the nomination of Gigi Sohn expired at the end of the last Congress in December, the Biden administration was faced with the question of w ..read more
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The Last Two Weeks in Regulation for Broadcasters: December 17 to December 30, 2022
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by David Oxenford
1M ago
Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past two weeks, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC, as required by the Communications Act, released a Public Notice announcing the start of the 2022 Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules. The FCC is required, once every four years, to review their local ownership rules to see if they remain in the public interest. The Notice starts the review required for this year even though the 2018 review remains pending with seemi ..read more
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