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Broadcasters sweat spectrum auction costs ahead of Thursday hearing

March 25, 2015 9:04 am

TV stations could be stuck with a big moving bill when the FCC rearranges the TV dial following the broadcast incentive auction of wireless spectrum planned for first quarter 2016. Congress set aside $1.75 billion in the law to help stations pay for the cost of moving from one frequency to another. [...]

“Lights! Camera! Drones!”

March 25, 2015 8:24 am

Expect more spectacular aerial footage in your favorite TV shows and Hollywood movies. The Federal Aviation Administration has relaxed its drone rules and Hollywood is ready to fly more cameras drones. Operators who have previously received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to use [...]

Senate hearing presses FAA to let drones fly

March 24, 2015 6:27 pm

Amazon finally got approval from the FAA last week to test its drone delivery system outdoors. Trouble was, the process took so long that by the time the FAA gave the e-commerce giant the okay, Amazon had moved on to an improved unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Amazon was exhibit number one Tuesday [...]

Cruz Facebook chatter jumps 3,000% on Presidential bid

March 24, 2015 7:34 am

From the moment Sen. Ted Cruz  (R-Texas) announced in a tweet that he is running for President, 2.2 million Facebook users took to their pages to generate 5.7 million posts, likes, comments and shares expressing their point of view on Cruz and his campaign. That’s a  whopping 3,000 percent [...]

DC cheers NFL move to suspend blackout rule

March 23, 2015 4:47 pm

The National Football League has called time out on its blackout rule for local broadcasts for the upcoming the 2015 season. The rule, which prevented local TV stations from broadcasting home games when the team fails to sell out the stadium, didn’t win the league any fans in Washington. [...]

FCC shackles TV station with record indecency fine

March 23, 2015 2:04 pm

Broadcast indecency enforcement is back in vogue at the FCC. The commission said today it would fine WDBJ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. owned by Schurz Communications, the maximum penalty of $325,000 for airing graphic sexual images as part of a news story during its 6 p.m. newscast. [...]

Will the FCC let radio cure digital motor mouth?

March 20, 2015 7:05 am

No, this isn’t about politically passionate talkers or over caffeinated morning zoo teams, but the disclaimers stations must run for sponsored music or sports programming.  Radio stations will sometimes digitally time compress sponsorship announcements to pack as much understandable information [...]
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