New rules on drones a boon to local newsrooms

Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration released new rules regarding the commercial use of drones.  Below is a summary from the National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President of Government Relations Curtis Legeyt. [On June 22] the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Read more »

When Taking Care of Business Requires Working Overtime – an FLSA webinar

Responding to the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Pay Obligations — A Guide for Broadcasters On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published final regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that more than doubled the minimum Read more »

FCC proposes eliminating physical letters/emails in NPRM

By David Burns – Pillsbury Law On a day when a major broadcast ownership decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit garnered most of the attention, the FCC worked on more prosaic matters, issuing aNotice of Proposed Read more »

MBA looking for EAS NPRM comments

The long-awaited FCC EAS NPRM has been published in the Federal Register.  The National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations’ (NASBA) counsel Dick Zaragoza and chief EAS expert Suzanne Goucher, President of the Maine Association of Broadcasters, are looking for input Read more »

Pillsbury Law releases two advisories re: FCC deadlines

Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Washington counsel Pillsbury Law has released two advisories regarding upcoming FCC deadlines for Quarterly Children’s Television Programming Documentation due April 11 and First Quarter Issues/Programs List due to the FCC April 10.  Each report covers January, February and March Read more »

Pillsbury Law supplies biennial election guide

Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Washington counsel, the law office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has released its biennial election night guide for broadcasters. The guide provides a Presidential election fact sheet, 2012 election results along with all of the major races, Read more »

Marijuana advertising to hit Bay State

Medical marijuana

Many of you, by now, have seen the new ad for “” that is set to roll out on Comcast in New Jersey this month, followed by Chicago and Massachusetts in the weeks ahead. With the first twenty dispensaries receiving Read more »

FCC drops the hammer on false EAS tone usage

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 Read more »