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NAB 2015

WDBJ fights extraordinary FCC indecency fine

July 2, 2015 7:48 am

WDBJ, the TV station in Roanoke, Va. faced with a $325,000 indecency fine, the largest every levied by the Federal Communications Commission for a single infraction, made its case to the agency Wednesday in a 55-page filing. The Schurz Communications-owned station gave a host of reasons why the FCC [...]

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler faces skeptical NAB crowd

April 15, 2015 10:23 am

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tried to reassure broadcasters he cared about their business even as he upped his sales pitch, asking them to sell their spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction only one year away. There is no more important issue facing TV broadcasters than the auction, which will no [...]

Broadcast indecency: uncertainty once again

April 15, 2015 9:17 am

Broadcast attorneys are still grappling with how to interpret the FCC’s record $325,000 indecency fine against WDBJ, the Schurz Communications CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. Not only was it the first indecency fine in seven years, it was the FCC’s biggest fine ever levied for a single [...]

FCC’s Travis LeBlanc: big ideas, big fines, big changes

April 14, 2015 8:53 pm

To say that FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc has shaken up the commission’s enforcement activity would be an understatement. LeBlanc has made big moves that in the past year since he came on board have resulted in big cases against big-name companies and the largest fines ever levied [...]

Should over-the-top be regulated as a cable service?

April 14, 2015 6:11 am

You don’t see the expected programmers versus distributors divide in the emerging debate over the whether the FCC should regulate linear online video just as it does cable and satellite TV. During a Monday afternoon session at the NAB Show, broadcasters were split, online services were split and [...]

Broadcasters facing pivotal issues in Congress

April 14, 2015 6:08 am

GOP Congressional staffers took plenty of shots at the FCC in an NAB panel Monday morning on the biggest issues in Congress facing TV broadcasters: the update to the nation’s communications laws, FCC process reform and the upcoming broadcast incentive auction. The issues are pivotal for [...]

FCC Wheeler promises to update AM radio rules

April 13, 2015 11:48 am

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is promising to move forward on updating AM radio rules, a proceeding begun under commissioner Mignon Clyburn when she was acting chairwoman. Wheeler made the commitment Monday in a blog post. The timing of Wheeler’s move comes as broadcasters are meeting in Las [...]
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