Posts Tagged ‘congress’

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel To Apple: Activate FM Chips In iPhones

    In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL has editorialized in favor of activating FM tuner chips in smartphones, calling on Congress to force APPLE to reverse its … more

    Remember FCC Rules on Underwriting Limitations – And that They Don’t Apply to Spots Bought By Nonprofit Entities

    Last week, the FCC reached a consent decree with a noncommercial broadcaster, where the broadcaster paid an $8000 penalty for, among other things, running underwriting spots that were too promotional. While the consent decree and its implementing order provide no details on the underwriting violations by the broadcaster, we can assume that the broadcaster ran spots that somehow crossed the line – giving price information about a sponsor’s products, or including a call to action suggesting that listeners somehow patronize the sponsor, or making qualitative claims about the sponsor or its products or services. We have written about similar violations many times (see, for instance, our articles here , here , here , here  and here ) and I have conducted seminars for numerous noncommercial broadcasting organizations talking about specifics as to what is permitted in underwriting acknowledgements and what will get a noncommercial station into trouble (see for instance, the presentations mentioned here and here ).

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