Category: Legislative Update

RTDNA Report Finds 2020 was a Dangerous Year for Journalists; Calls on Congress to Journalist Protection Act, Right to Record Police Act

During the past year, the job of seeking and reporting the truth became increasingly dangerous, according to a study released Wednesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association. Journalists were threatened, assaulted and arrested at an alarming rate while on the job and faced unprecedented levels of verbal and physical violence at the hands of… read more

Michigan Treasury: Forgiven Paycheck Protection Loans Won’t Be Taxed

Taxpayers who accepted federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans will not be taxed on loans forgiven through that program, according to a press release last week from the Michigan Department of Treasury. As outlined in a notice issued by the state Treasury Department, the state of Michigan will fully conform to the federal tax treatment… read more

Congressional Letter to FCC on CALM Act Violations Puts Focus on FCC Enforcement Issues

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As we highlighted in our weekly summary of regulatory issues for broadcasters, last week saw a letter from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to the FCC asking for the FCC to review the enforcement of the rules established by the CALM Act, which prohibits loud commercials on TV stations.  The letter cites news reports of thousands… read more

NAB’s Smith tells Senate: ‘Americans Turn to Their Local Broadcasters First for the Most Trusted and Reliable Information’

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith testified on Thursday (4/15) before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband to promote broadcasting as the best investment for the Administration’s vaccine-promoting advertising message, which is backed by over $1 billion in COVID-19 aid funding. He spoke during the subcommittee hearing, “Shot of Truth: Communicating… read more

Closing Out the Incentive Auction and TV Repack – FCC Reminds Broadcasters of End Dates for Submitting Invoices for Repacking Expenses

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Commission’s staff last week issued a Public Notice reminding broadcasters that  the reimbursement program for those broadcasters displaced by the repacking of the television band after the incentive auction is coming to an end.  The FCC reminded broadcasters eligible for reimbursement (including certain FM stations and LPTV licensees… read more

Supreme Court Reinstates 2017 FCC Changes to Broadcast Ownership Rules Including the End to Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Ban – But Radio Changes Yet to Come

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On April 1, The United States Supreme Court released its decision upholding the FCC’s 2017 changes to its ownership rules in the FCC v Prometheus Radio Project case (see our summary here).  Those rules had been put on hold in 2019 by a decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which… read more