By April 10, 2017, all commercial and noncommercial radio and television stations must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February and March dealing with those issues.
All TV stations and radio stations in the top 50 markets with five or more full-time employees must post these documents to the FCC’s online public file database. All other radio stations must place these documents in their local public inspection files. Also by April 10, all commercial full power and Class A TV stations must file the Children’s Programming Report on FCC Form 398 for the first quarter of 2017.
According to NAB SmartBriefs, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to release a proposal that would reverse the elimination of the UHF discount in calculating the audience reach of TV station owners. The proposed change is expected to go before the FCC in April and could lead to a series of mergers if the discount is reinstated. MAB is following.
Read more on the proposed ownership changes from David Oxenford here.
According to a report in InsideRadio, supporters of a performance royalty on AM/FM airplay have introduced legislation in Congress that would require stations to pay a fee on music they use for over-the-air broadcasts. Introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the ‘Fair Play Fair Pay’ Act would create a performance right on AM/FM airplay which Nadler says would put broadcasters on “equal footing” with internet and satellite radio services.
Like proposals made in the past, this bill would offer a carve-out for small stations with less than $1 million in annual revenue. Those stations would pay a flat $500 per-year royalty rate if the station operates commercially.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has selected Jerid Kurtz as her campaign manager. Kurtz worked on a number of Democratic campaigns around the country, most recently as campaign manager to U.S. Representative Ami Bera (D-CA). He was the communications director for the unsuccessful Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2014, is a former communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party and served as a press secretary to U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH).