A Good Faith Disconnect on Retrans


By Scott Flick, Pillsbury Law There is an old vaudeville routine I’ve found more useful for understanding lawmaking in Washington than any textbook.  It goes something like this: (Scene: a nighttime street corner illuminated by a single streetlight; a short Read more »

Can Pokemon Go lure in listeners?

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By now you’ve heard of the mobile game that’s swept the nation.  Pokemon Go, based on the Japanese video game and anime series Pokemon (short for pocket monsters), has brought thousands of people out into the streets with their eyes Read more »

MBA awards 11 broadcasting scholarships

MBA board member and WCVB President and General Manager Bill Fine (center) with the 2016-17 MBA Scholarship winners.

MBA AWARDS $23,000 IN BROADCASTING SCHOLARSHIPS July 15, 2016 (Medford, MA) – The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association (MBA) is pleased to announce that they have awarded ten students with 2016-2017 Student Broadcaster Scholarships in the amount of $2,000, as well as Read more »

FCC launches EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS)


Deadline to complete Form One is August 26 On June 27, the Federal Communication Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau provided notice to all Emergency Alert System participants that the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) is active. The ETRS Read more »

Chairman Wheeler Circulates Proposed Multiple Ownership Rules That Expand Regs for TV


By Lauren Lynch Flick – Pillsbury Law [On June 27], the FCC released a document entitled Fact Sheet: Updating Media Ownership Rules in the Public Interest.  The driver behind the Fact Sheet is the Chairman’s promise to the Third Circuit Court Read more »

Pillsbury Law issues advisory on drone use


The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association’s legal counsel in Washington, D.C. has issued an advisory following the release of the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules regarding the use of small unmanned aircraft. FAA Releases Long-Awaited Rule for Commercial Operations of Small Unmanned Read more »

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 »

New FCC comment system to be implemented over weekend

New FCC comment system to be implemented over weekend

From the FCC Daily Digest: This weekend, the Federal Communications Commission will transition to its new Electronic Comment Filing System (“ECFS”). The FCC will take down the legacy ECFS application starting at 11:59 p.m. ET tonight. The system will be Read more »

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