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Pai: Repack Work ‘Ahead of Schedule’

By Tom Butts, TVTechnology.com, 2-6-19 GRAPEVINE, Texas – FCC Chairman Pai gave a progress report about the channel repack, touting “great progress” since work began in April 2017.  He added that the transition – which involves channel and/or location changes for approximately 1,000 full–power and Class A television broadcasters and about 2,000 low–power and translator [...]

By |2019-02-07T15:57:12-05:00February 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Pai: Repack Work ‘Ahead of Schedule’

High Court Won’t Address Online Speech Liability Protection

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-22-19 In a victory for online re-publishers of others' content – in this case specifically online review platform Yelp – the Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a California Supreme Court decision (Hassell vs. Bird) that Yelp was protected from liability under the Communications Decency [...]

By |2019-01-23T13:54:49-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on High Court Won’t Address Online Speech Liability Protection

Journalists Press for Shield Law

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-18-19 The National Association of Broadcasters has joined with other groups in the News Media for Open Government(NMOG) coalition to press the new Congress to better protect journalists, including the long-sought federal shield law that has been introduced in numerous Congresses over the past couple of decades. In [...]

By |2019-01-22T14:58:35-05:00January 18th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Journalists Press for Shield Law

FCC Spectrum Auction Gets Pumped

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-17-19 The FCC has apparently pumped new life into the 28 GHz spectrum auction. The first round after it moved to stage three Jan. 15, with bidders required to bid on eligible licenses unless they had a waiver—produced $0 in new bidding money. But since then it has [...]

By |2019-01-22T14:58:22-05:00January 17th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Spectrum Auction Gets Pumped

Appeals Court: Elected Officials Cannot Silence Critics on Social Media

By Ann E. Marimow, washingtonpost.com, 1-7-19 An elected official in Virginia violated the First Amendment when she temporarily blocked a constituent on Facebook, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, in a novel case with implications for how government officials nationwide interact with constituents on social media. The unanimous ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals [...]

By |2019-01-08T18:14:11-05:00January 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Appeals Court: Elected Officials Cannot Silence Critics on Social Media

H.R. 1 Boosts TV Campaign Ad Disclosures

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-4-19 Co-opting the "clean up Washington" mantra of the current Republican President and the "by the people, for the people" language of a former Republican president, House Democrats Friday (Jan. 4) officially unveiled their first bill of the new session, the For the People Act (H.R. 1), which [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:54:45-05:00January 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on H.R. 1 Boosts TV Campaign Ad Disclosures

FCC Chairman: Russia Interfered in Net Neutrality Public Comments

By Emily Birnbaum, thehill.com, 12-5-18 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai is acknowledging that Russia-linked email addresses weighed in during the public comment process ahead of the FCC's net neutrality repeal last year. Pai said in a statement this week that it is a "fact" that a half-million comments were submitted from Russian email addresses during the public comment [...]

By |2018-12-06T17:48:15-05:00December 5th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Chairman: Russia Interfered in Net Neutrality Public Comments

FCC To Kick Off Quadrennial Broadcast Reg Review Next Month

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 11-20-18 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai did the unveiling Tuesday (Nov. 20) in his monthly blog post on the items the FCC plans to vote on at its next public meeting, which he does when the tentative agenda is released 21 days before the meeting. "On the media front, [...]

By |2018-11-21T16:09:21-05:00November 20th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC To Kick Off Quadrennial Broadcast Reg Review Next Month

CNN Drops Suit Against White House After Acosta’s Press Pass Is Fully Restored

By Paul Farhi and Meagan Flynn, washingtonpost.com, 11-19-18 CNN dropped its lawsuit against the White House on Monday after officials told the network that they would restore reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials as long as he abides by a series of new rules at presidential news conferences, including asking just one question at a time. [...]

By |2018-11-21T16:12:34-05:00November 19th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on CNN Drops Suit Against White House After Acosta’s Press Pass Is Fully Restored

Judge Hands CNN Victory in Bid To Restore White House Press Pass

By Paul Farhi, washingtonpost.com, 11-16-18 A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of CNN and reporter Jim Acosta in a dispute with President Trump, ordering the White House to temporarily restore the press credentials that the Trump administration had taken away from Acosta last week. In a victory for the cable network and for [...]

By |2018-11-16T14:29:09-05:00November 16th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Judge Hands CNN Victory in Bid To Restore White House Press Pass