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TV Defends Ratings; Critics Say System Needs Overhaul

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 3-13-19 Broadcasters and movie studios rate the TV content ratings/guideline system as working quite well, pointing to "public surveys" over a decade that show lots of folks are using the guidelines and that the ratings get "consistently high marks for accuracy."  They also say the ratings oversight board [...]

By |2019-03-15T15:17:01-05:00March 13th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Sens. Wicker, Sinema on Net Neutrality: Can We Talk?

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 3-13-19 There was some bipartisan talk out of the Hill after all this week amidst the partisan – and policy-driven – rancor. At about the same time House Communications Subcommittee members seemed far apart on a bill that would restore FCC net neutrality rules, including some non-starter elements [...]

By |2019-03-15T15:17:20-05:00March 13th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Quadrennial Broadcast Reg Review Comment Dates Set

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 3-4-19 The FCC has set comment dates on issues teed up in the 2018 Quadrennial Regulatory Review. Comments are due April 29 and reply comments May 29. The FCC is mandated by Congress to look at its broadcast ownership rules every four years to see if they remain [...]

By |2019-03-04T15:36:34-05:00March 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Quadrennial Broadcast Reg Review Comment Dates Set

Infringement Suits Must Await Copyright Registration

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 3-4-19 The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that with a few exceptions, a party can't sue for copyright infringement until the copyright has been registered, not starting when the proper paperwork for registration has been filed. An author gets exclusive rights to their work as soon as it [...]

By |2019-03-04T15:36:50-05:00March 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Infringement Suits Must Await Copyright Registration

House Passes PIRATE Bill, Would Raise Fines up to $2 Million

InsideRadio.com, 2-25-19 On a voice vote without any debate, a bill that would raise fines on unlicensed radio station operations to as much as $2 million has cleared its first hurdle in Congress.  The House on Monday unanimously approved the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement or PIRATE Act (H.R. 583). The House passed a [...]

By |2019-02-26T15:41:48-05:00February 25th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on House Passes PIRATE Bill, Would Raise Fines up to $2 Million

Debate Emerges at FCC Over Its Role To Regulate E-Cigarette Ads

InsideRadio.com, 2-20-19 The Marlboro Man may no longer ride on radio and television airwaves but his modern day equivalent, e-cigarette manufacturers, largely have free rein to place their commercials on broadcast stations.  Now one member of the Federal Communications Commission thinks the time has come for the agency and its federal counterparts to update the [...]

By |2019-02-20T16:17:03-05:00February 20th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Debate Emerges at FCC Over Its Role To Regulate E-Cigarette Ads

Justice Thomas Calls for Reexamining Landmark Libel Decision

By Robert Barnes, washingtonpost.com, 2-19-19 Justice Clarence Thomas called Tuesday for reconsidering the Supreme Court’s landmark decision making it more difficult for public officials to claim defamation as the court turned down a request from an accuser of Bill Cosby. The court declined to take the case of Kathrine McKee, who accused Cosby of raping [...]

By |2019-02-20T16:17:17-05:00February 19th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Justice Thomas Calls for Reexamining Landmark Libel Decision

GOP House Members Offer Trio of Net Neutrality Bills

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 2-7-19 Republicans signaled Thursday (Feb. 7) that they are offering up at least three versions of legislation that would reimpose network neutrality rules, but without doing so under Title II common carrier regs they argue are a relic of the monopoly (dial-less, black) phone based Title II common [...]

By |2019-02-11T16:10:26-05:00February 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on GOP House Members Offer Trio of Net Neutrality Bills

Facebook Faces Yet Another Demand From Hill

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 2-7-19 Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) are demanding answers from Facebook on its research project that incentivized teens and others to give up info (Project Atlas) and calling on Apple and Google to "do more to protect their customers from intrusive monitoring [...]

By |2019-02-11T16:10:44-05:00February 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Facebook Faces Yet Another Demand From Hill

Net Neutrality’s Title I vs. Title II Digital Divide Remains

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 2-7-19 The new Democratic-led House Communications Subcommittee weighed back into the still legally muddy net neutrality waters Thursday (Feb. 7), led by chairman Mike Doyle, who led the unsuccessful House effort to follow the Senate and nullify the net neutrality reg rollback under current Republican chairman Ajit Pai. [...]

By |2019-02-11T16:01:05-05:00February 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Net Neutrality’s Title I vs. Title II Digital Divide Remains