If you have any questions regarding your filing, you can call the NHAB’s Federal legal hotline at 202-663-8266 or email Dick Zaragoza – email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding your filing, you can call the NHAB’s Federal legal hotline at 202-663-8266 or email Dick Zaragoza – firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, along with 46 other State Broadcasters Associations, joined in filing with the FCC an ex parte letter in continuing opposition to the requirement that television stations post their political files online, particularly given that there is no parallel regulation requiring cable and satellite providers to post online the same competitively sensitive information about political advertising rates.
We urged the Commission to lift its current broadcast-only, asymmetric online political file rule at least until the FCC requires cable and satellite operates to post the same information online. For the same and other reasons, we also urged the Commission to defer its tentative deadline of July 1, 2014, by which the FCC would apply its online political file rule to all television stations, irrespective of affiliation and market size. Lastly, we strongly opposed the one-size-fits-all proposal of a coalition of public interest groups, which is urging the Commission to mandate that all television stations to use the same form to record political time information, because such a requirement would impose “substantial costs, not only for the time spent by station personnel but also for the necessary training, sale material redesigns, and software development.
The letter can be read here.
The Federal Communications Commission is coming down hard on Turner Broadcasting and CBS/NBC station WNKY, licensed to Bowling Green, Kentucky due to misuse of the Emergency Alert System tones.
This article from MediaBistro explains that TBS used the tones inappropriately during a promo for the “Conan O’Brien Show” and has been asked to pay $25,000. The television station in Kentucky used the tones in and ad for The Fan Wear and More Store and has agreed to contribute $39,000 as well as perform additional on-air and online actions.
On November 5 the FCC released this Enforcement Advisory further explaining the station’s transgressions and why they take the violations so seriously.
The moral of the story is simple. NEVER use EAS tones for anything. Anything closely resembling the tones should also be avoided. The only time these sounds should go out over your air is for a required test or an actual emergency. Don’t make a $40,000 mistake!
On October 31, 2013 the Federal Communications Commission released a much anticipated Notice for Proposed Rule Making regarding the “Revitalization of the AM Service”
The NPRM includes many changes that AM owners have been clamoring for:
A quick summary of the 32 page document can be found at AllAccess.com.
Both interim FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn and AM radio champion Commissioner Ajit Pai spoke about the revitalization of the AM band at the September National Association of Broadcasers/Radio Advertising Bureau Radio Show. Both Commissioner Clyburn and Commissioner Pai issued statements about the NPRM.
Interested parties have 60 days to review the NPRM and file comments. The MBA along with other State Broadcasters Associations will be filing comments on members behalf. Please forward any suggestions and comments to NHAB Executive Director Jordan Walton at email@example.com.
Clark held various positions in New Hampshire radio including Sales Manager of WKNE-FM in Keene as well as working at New Hampshire Public Radio. Clark also owned WTSL-AM in Hanover, NH. He served as New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters Treasurer for many years, including several years after his retirement to Florida. Clark won the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters “Broadcaster of the Year Award” in 1986. Read the complete obituary here.
AM radio broadcasters took a front seat at the joint National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau Radio Show in Orlando, Florida last month. The week’s events included a very informative panel discussion moderated by Bryan Broadcasting Corporation Vice President and General Manager Ben Downs and was headlined by a speech from Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai.
Buoyed by a recent article in the New York Times, the “revitalization” of the AM band has been a top priority for Pai, who grew up in Kansas. He often recalls listening to his high school basketball team winning the state championship on KLKC 1540 and has stated that AM radio is a lifeline in times of emergency, especially in rural areas.
The problem for AM radio in 2013 is the ever-increasing interference from all things electronic. Pai’s possible solutions are simple. One is to repeal the “ratchet rule” which was adopted in the early 90’s to help reduce the interference from AM stations at night. The second way to help AM radio is to make it easier for AM stations to get an FM translator. By allowing an AM station to rebroadcast their signal on FM, you allow them to be heard without interference. Also, the station would be available on HD radios as well as cell phones that have enabled their FM chips. This makes these stations even more available in case of an emergency.
An article from RadioSurvivor.com quotes Pai as saying, “I’ve heard firsthand how this step has been a lifeline for many AM broadcasters. But I’ve also heard from countless station owners who are frustrated by their inability to get a translator. A petition is currently pending at the Commission to make it easier for AM stations to move FM translators, and I support that effort. But the FCC should go further—we should open up a window where any AM station without an FM translator can obtain one so long as there is available spectrum.” Spectrum is the key to any future FCC decision to open up FM translators for AM broadcasters. While this is a viable solution for many broadcasters in suburban or rural areas, FM spectrum is far more limited in cities across the country.
This leads to the long-term solution of transitioning the AM band from analog to digital. Pai mentioned at the Radio Show that a draft order would be released by the FCC seeking public opinion on these ideas. The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, along with its fellow broadcasters associations will submit reply comments at that time supporting any effort to help our AM broadcasters.
State Broadcaster Association Executives were granted hands on time with the new NextRadio app developed by Emmis Communications during a session of the NAB/RAB Radio Show. Making the presentation was Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan and Senior Vice President/Chief Technology Officer Paul Brenner.
The application makes use of an FM chip in HTC One and HTC EVO 4G LTE phones carried by Sprint as part of the deal struck between Emmis, on behalf of the radio industry and the nation’s third largest cellular company. The application allows users to tap into the FM chip and listen to over-the-air FM radio anywhere. The application will seem very familiar to anyone who has used Clear Channel’s iHeart Radio or the CBS Radio.com app. You can scroll through available stations and see station logos by default (and without a charge to stations). Stations that use the optional, web-based, TagStation service can show artist and song information and can even have listeners participate in station promotions, interact with advertisers and even send feedback on a song back to the station. The difference, of course, being that the music itself is received just like your car radio, over-the-air.
The advantages to utilizing an over-the-air signal are significant. One, using the FM chip as opposed to 4G service saves users a substantial amount of data. As Brenner pointed out at the Radio Show, cell data is going to become more and more expensive as time goes on and to be able to give consumers music, news, talk, sports and weather anywhere they go without incurring data costs is a huge plus.
Second, utilizing NextRadio and the FM chip doesn’t use as much battery. It seems the more advanced the phone, the less battery life it has.
Lastly, and most importantly, NextRadio will still be available should the internet become unavailable in an emergency. The same emergency information that consumers rely on from traditional over-the-air television and radio can be had in the palm of their hands with an FM chip and the NextRadio app.
The benefits of the app aren’t just for the consumer. The ability to add a station promotion or enhancing a client’s over-the-air ad could mean the difference between making the sale and being left in the 20th century. Watch the promo video and the demonstration video. Here are a few ways you can utilize TagStation within the NextRadio app.
This demonstration made a very strong argument for FM broadcasters of all shapes and sizes to get involved. At the very least, stations can show their branded logo or tagline for free. The additional benefits of the Tagstation platform come at an extra charge.
NextRadio launched on August 15th and the early returns have been positive. All Access took the app for a test drive and gave it positive reviews. In the first two weeks the app was downloaded 8,000 times with over 2,000 stations listened to from coast to coast. One user reviewer said “Finally, someone got it right. Great reception on my HTC One. Extremely user friendly app. This one made it to my home screen.”
For more information you can log on to TagStation.com/nextradio.
National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith released a statement yesterday regarding Representative Anna Eschoo’s (D-CA) draft bill on retransmission consent rules titled “The Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act.” The full language of Eshoo’s bill can be seen here.
The bill would give the Federal Communications Commission more power to intervene when broadcasters and pay television providers reach an impasse in retransmission consent negotations similar to the CBS/Time Warner spat that ended earlier this month. The bill, as written, would strip broadcasters of much of their negotiating power leaving pay TV providers with less incentive to negotiate in good faith. Eshoo’s press release on the bill is below, followed by the NAB statement.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In advance of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing this week on innovation versus regulation in the video marketplace, Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) released draft discussion legislation. The Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act is intended to eliminate television blackouts caused by retransmission consent disputes and give consumers greater flexibility to choose the channels they receive each month from their pay-TV provider. The discussion draft comes just after the conclusion of a month long retransmission consent dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS, which resulted in a programming blackout that impacted several million consumers in eight U.S. markets. During the blackout, CBS also blocked access to its online video content for Time Warner Cable customers. “A vibrant video marketplace is one in which there is healthy competition, consumer choice and basic protections to ensure consumers aren’t caught in the middle of a dispute they have no control over,” Eshoo said. “Recurring TV blackouts, including the 91 U.S. markets impacted in 2012, have made it abundantly clear that the FCC needs explicit statutory authority to intervene when retransmission disputes break down. This discussion draft is intended to spur constructive, actionable debate on ways to improve the video marketplace for video content creators, pay-TV providers and, most importantly, consumers.” The Video CHOICE Act has five key provisions:
Gives the FCC explicit statutory authority to grant interim carriage of a television broadcast station during a retransmission consent negotiation impasse.
Ensures that a consumer can purchase cable television service without subscribing to the broadcast stations electing retransmission consent.
Wholesale Unbundling of Broadcast Stations in Retransmission Consent Negotiations Prohibits a television broadcast station engaged in a retransmission consent negotiations from making their owned or affiliated cable programming a condition for receiving broadcast programming.
Instructs the FCC to examine whether the blocking of a television broadcast station’s owned or affiliated online content during a retransmission consent negotiation constitutes a failure to negotiate in “good faith.”
Calls for an FCC study of programming costs for regional and national sports networks in the top 20 regional sports markets.
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the introduction by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) of a draft bill related to retransmission consent rules, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:
“I have great personal affection for ranking minority member Eshoo and have long admired her thoughtful approach to legislating. I am therefore surprised by the pro-pay TV slant of her retransmission consent draft bill, which could embolden pay-TV giants to continue to game the system rather than negotiate in the free market for programming most valuable to viewers.
“Fundamentally, there is no such thing as a ‘black-out’ of broadcast TV programming. Our programming is always on, and always available to viewers on multiple platforms, including free to over-the-air antenna households.
“Our overriding goal is to increase viewer access to broadcast programming. A truly ‘pro-consumer’ bill would ask whether Time Warner Cable’s attempts to restrict that access to only its ‘TV Everywhere’ model does the same.
“Moreover, it is troubling that a proposal billed as ‘pro-consumer’ continues to allow pay-TV providers to avoid viewer rebates for loss of broadcast TV programming during a disruption. Coincidentally, the draft bill is also silent on ending the practice of charging consumers upwards of $200 in ‘early termination fees’ to shift to another pay-TV provider during a disruption.
“Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and DISH are spending millions in Washington manufacturing a crisis over retransmission consent, when in fact it is these three companies responsible for nine out of 10 disruptions of service.
“NAB strongly opposes this draft bill.”
The Federal Communications Comission has released a guideline to filing your 2013 regulatory fees. The release features links to the necessary web pages. Regulatory fee payments must be RECEIVED by the Commission no later than 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, on September 20, 2013.
The release can be read in it’s entirety here: FCC Public Notice: Regulatory Fees
Note that “hardcopy/paper bills are no longer mailed by the FCC; however, bills are available for viewing in the “Regulatory Fee” link of Fee Filer. Licensees in the following services should consult the cited sources below for information on their fees.”
CONTACT Rose Cavanagh | 401.331.7209 | firstname.lastname@example.org
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Twenty-five of New England’s most promising journalists will learn the latest investigative and database reporting techniques and public records access skills from some of the country’s best journalists and First Amendment attorneys at the third annual New England First Amendment Institute, from Sunday, September 29 to Tuesday, October 1 in Dedham, MA.
Among the speakers will be David Barstow of the New York Times, who this spring was awarded his third Pulitzer Prize in the last nine years, his most recent for an expose that Wal-Mart routinely bribed government officials in Mexico for favorable development decisions.
The 25 journalism fellows will be selected from among applicants representing print, broadcast and online news organizations throughout the six states. The deadline for applications is August 20. The 25 fellows will be announced the first week of September.
“We are eager to help the Institute fellows enhance their investigative reporting skills and discover new ways to approach freedom of information issues. The focus will be on ferreting out information about how government operates and offering it to a wide audience,” said Mary Jane Wilkinson, President of New England First Amendment Coalition and a retired managing editor of The Boston Globe.
“This annual conference is intense, collegial and designed to help the region’s best reporters incorporate investigative reporting skills into every story they do,” said Walter V. Robinson, distinguished professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a Pulitzer winner in 2003.
Here’s just a sampling of the professionals taking part in the sessions and the range of topics:
The free workshops will take place at the New England Newspaper and Press Association‘s headquarters in Dedham, MA. A 2012 fellow had this to say about her experience at the Institute in an evaluation, “All killer, no filler — well worth my time and would recommend it to anyone!” Another participant said that the Institute “touched on so many different issues that I did not leave thinking there was anything I missed. I was thrilled.”
Rosanna Cavanagh, NEFAC’s executive director, said the program is supported by grants from the McLean Contributionship, National Freedom of Information Coalition and sponsorships from New England Society of Newspaper Editors, the Academy of New England Journalists, The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Boston Globe and Sam Adams. “We owe a great debt of gratitude to our supporters and sponsors and wonderful faculty members, especially to the First Amendment lawyers and journalists on NEFAC’s board of directors whose selfless volunteering of their time to train the next generation of investigative reporters makes our Institute possible.”