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    Incentive Auction Developments – Payments to TV Stations Giving Up Their Spectrum Announced and Bill Introduced to Provide More Funds for Repacking…

    Earlier this week, we wrote about some of the upcoming dates for broadcasters in the TV incentive auction process – particularly those dealing with the repacking process. Developments continue, with the FCC yesterday issuing a Public Notice announcing that stations that relinquished their spectrum in the incentive auction will be receiving their payouts from the proceeds of the auction – with such payouts beginning immediately as they can be processed by the Treasury Department.

    Congress Takes Another Shot At Pre-1972 Music Copyright Fee Changes

    Congressman JERROLD NADLER (D-NY), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) … more

    YouTube Creators Call On FCC To Keep Net Neutrality

    Over 100 YOUTUBE creators have signed an open letter, calling on the FCC to keep net neutrality protections. The group, called the INTERNET CREATORS GUILD, represents online video makers who … more

    FCC Declares Sinclair/Tribune Transaction a Permit-But-Disclose Proceeding Allowing for More Public Participation in the Review Process

    Yesterday, the FCC issued a Public Notice declaring the proposed acquisition of the Tribune television stations by Sinclair Broadcast Group a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding . This is not an unusual occurrence in a large broadcast combination where policy issues may be considered. This simply allows the parties to the transaction, and any other party who files comments on the matter, to have discussions with FCC Commissioners and other FCC decision makers about the matter, as long as a description of substance of the discussion is reduced to writing and filed in the docket of the proceeding so that all other participants have notice of what is being said. This acquisition will, of course, be one where the FCC’s recent decision (summarized here ) about the UHF discount will come into play, particularly as there are parties currently appealing that decision (see our article on the appeal here ).

    Changes in FCC Rules on Third-Party Fundraising By Noncommercial Stations Effective Now – Except for the New Disclosure and Paperwork Obligations

    At its April meeting, the FCC voted to allow noncommercial stations not affiliated with NPR or CPB to raise funds for third-party nonprofit organizations , even where such fundraising appeals interrupted normal programming, as long as the licensee did not devote more than 1% of its yearly airtime to such appeals . We wrote here about the decision before it was adopted. The decision adopting the rule change was published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2017 , with an effective date of July 5, but for the new rules that need approval from the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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    Stevie Ryan, Actress and Internet Star, Dies at 33

    Stevie Ryan, an actress and comedian who gained fame with impersonations of celebrities on YouTube, has died. She was 33. Los Angeles County coroner…

    Betting on the future

    This is a followup to the “Why Talk is Moving to FM” post about a week ago. I’m actually going to encourage you right wing nuts (and you know who you are!) to read the Huffington Post, specifically HERE .  Tamara Conniff is a former editor of Billboard Magazine, which means she really knows the music business and is not a light weight. This article lays out the details behind the Performance Rights Act currently making its way through the U.S.

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