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FCC Gives Broadcasters More Kid Vid Flexibility

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-10-19 A politically divided FCC voted Wednesday (July 10) to give broadcasters more flexibility in providing educational/informational (E/I) programming for children, changes Democrats said dis-serve kids. It is the first major update of the rules since they were implemented over two decades ago. The Report & Order (R&O) [...]

By |2019-07-11T15:43:32-04:00July 10th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Judge Reverses Rule Mandating Drug Ad Price Disclosures

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-9-19 In a victory for drug companies and marketers, a federal district judge has vacated a Trump Administration rule that drug manufacturers have to disclose their list prices in direct-to-consumer (DTC) TV, radio, and online drug ads. Drug companies had argued that the mandate would cause confusion, exceeded [...]

By |2019-07-09T13:01:30-04:00July 9th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Pai Points to Government Impediments to 5G

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-5-19 On July 4, FCC chairman Ajit Pai took aim at what he sees as efforts by elements of his own government to delay the rollout of critical 5G networks, and did so on a trip outside the U.S. That came in a speech to the Congreso Latinamericano [...]

By |2019-07-08T18:28:47-04:00July 5th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Pai Points to Government Impediments to 5G

High Court Strikes Down ‘Scandalous’ Part of Trademark Law

By Jessica Gresko, AP, washingtonpost.com, 6-24-19 The Supreme Court struck down a section of federal law Monday that prevented businesses from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory to a California fashion brand. The high court ruled that the century-old provision is an unconstitutional restriction on speech.  Between 2005 and 2015, the [...]

By |2019-06-25T20:47:58-04:00June 24th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on High Court Strikes Down ‘Scandalous’ Part of Trademark Law

FTC Investigating YouTube for Children’s Content

By Tony Romm, Elizabeth Dwoskin, and Craig Timberg, washingtonpost.com, 6-19-19 The U.S. government is in the late stages of an investigation into YouTube for its handling of children’s videos, according to four people familiar with the matter, a probe that threatens the company with a potential fine and already has prompted the tech giant to [...]

By |2019-06-19T16:00:05-04:00June 19th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FTC Investigating YouTube for Children’s Content

Pai: FCC Will Vote To ‘Update’ KidVid Rules

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-18-19 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has signaled the FCC will vote at its July 10 meeting on an item revamping its KidVid rules, providing broadcasters more flexibility in meeting their children's educational and informational [E/I] programming requirements under the Children's TV Act. The FCC voted last June, along [...]

By |2019-06-19T16:00:17-04:00June 18th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Pai: FCC Will Vote To ‘Update’ KidVid Rules

NAB: Politics, High-School Sports Are Kid Friendly

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-17-19 High school sports and political candidate forums are among the programs the National Association of Broadcasters wants to be able to preempt children's programming for without the FCC requiring them to reschedule that kids programming. NAB General Counsel Rick Kaplan made that pitch last week to a [...]

By |2019-06-19T15:42:53-04:00June 17th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NAB: Politics, High-School Sports Are Kid Friendly

House Judiciary Investigating Big Tech

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-4-19 The House Judiciary Committee is opening a bipartisan, "top to bottom," investigation into Big Tech and whether it has been allowed to get big anticompetitively. The committee has announced a series of hearings in the Antitrust Subcommittee on the "rise of market power online" and is seeking [...]

By |2019-06-04T13:52:18-04:00June 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on House Judiciary Investigating Big Tech

Copyright Office to Hill: Let STELAR Expire

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-3-19 In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Copyright Office has once again recommended that Congress let the satellite compulsory copyright license (STELAR Act) expire, saying the Section 119 copyright license "is more ripe for expiration than ever." The act, [...]

By |2019-06-04T13:50:59-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Copyright Office to Hill: Let STELAR Expire