Federal Communications Commission

  1. Business Matters: Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Net Neutrality, Garth Brooks

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Major concessions would be needed for the Justice Department to approve a merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation , sources have told the Wall Street Journal. The report offered no details or guesses on which concessions could be made. One possi ...

  2. N.Y. Accreditation Deadline Looms For Arbitron's PPM

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More fireworks could be in store for Arbitron’s portable people meter service. This Thursday (Oct. 15) is the deadline for Arbitron to get Media Rating Council accreditation for its service in New York or face the possibility of renewed action by ...

  3. Recap: Future Of Music Summit 2009

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This year's Future of Music Summit, held from Sunday to Tuesday in Washington, D.C., had its usual mix of intelligence and meaningful discourse. The appearance of Senator Al Franken, who once drew a map of the lower 48 in under two minutes on ...

  4. Business Matters: FM Radio, Music Sponsorships, Spotify

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A bill on low power FM radio will get a vote on Thursday in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The Local Community Radio Act would allow the FCC to license hundreds of new low power, non-commercial stations. ...

  5. Business Matters: Anti-Piracy Measures, Blackberry, U2

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a statement following the UK government's consultation period on anti-piracy measures, The UK Music Managers Forum has called for statutory licensing in the event parties cannot agree to voluntary licensing agreements. It carries the fo ...

  6. RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks says it had developed an iPhone app for its Rhapsody subscription music service, and is submitting it for Apple's approval this week. An overview of the app, including a video demo, was posted over the weekend to the Rhapsody blo ...

  7. U.S. Regulators Open Probe Into Music Royalties

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators have launched an inquiry into whether certain broadcasters are refusing to air the music of artists who demand to be paid when their songs are played on the radio. The Federal Communications Commission reviewed a June petition by a ...

  8. GAO Joins Crowd Looking Into Arbitron's PPM

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will Arbitron's headache over the rollout of its portable people meter service ever end? The latest regulatory body to scrutinize the PPM service for its affect on minority radio stations is the Government Accountability Office. Earlier this ...

  9. Florida A.G. Files Suit Against Arbitron

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's problems with the rollout of its portable people meter service just won't go away. The Florida Attorney General Tuesday (July 14) filed suit against Arbitron in an attempt to prevent the ratings company from releasing its port ...

  10. NYC's La Kalle To Move To 96.3 In Radio License Swap

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The New York Times Co. sold its famed New York City classical music radio station WQXR-FM Monday in a deal that will net the indebted publisher $45 million. The agreement involves subsidiaries of Univision Radio Inc., the Spanish-language broadcas ...

  11. Briefs: FCC Chairman, CDBaby, Spotify, EMI

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Julius Genachowski, the FCC’s new chairman , has been sworn in and has named his staff. Edward Lazarus, from he law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, will be his chief of staff. Bruce Liang Gottlieb, who was legal advisor to Commis ...

  12. Briefs: FCC, Jazz Times, Nokia's Comes With Music

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission . The committee also approved a second term for Commissioner Robert McDowell. ( Reuters ) -- After more ...

  13. Briefs: Capitol vs. Thomas-Rasset, YouTube, Spotify

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- By all accounts, Julius Genachowski breezed through his hearing as President Obama 's nomination to be FCC chairman. Genachowski , a former executive at InterActive Corp. and a co-founder of LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, said ...

  14. Stations Boycott Artists Supporting Performance Royalty?

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Music First Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate whether radio stations have violated their public interest obligation by allegedly boycotting artists who support a performance royalty for terrestrial radio. Without naming stations or co ...

  15. Arbitron 'Welcomes' PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Arbitron welcomes the opportunity to better educate all parties about our Portable People Meter service and its advantages over the diary-based system," said company spokesman Thom Mocarsky. "The FCC Notice of Inquiry will allow us ...

  16. FCC Launches PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioners will hold a public inquiry into the commercial use of the PPM technology and "its potential impact on audience ratings of stations that air programming targeted to minority audiences, and consequently, on the financial viabi ...

  17. David Rehr Resigns As NAB Head

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT David Rehr resigned suddenly from the NAB where he has been president and CEO for the past three-and-a-half years. The 50-year-old chief lobbyist for America's broadcasters will stay on with the organization for the next several weeks or mont ...

  18. Court Sends Janet Jackson Case Back For Review

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to re-examine its ruling in favor of CBS Corp. in a legal fight over entertainer Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. The high court on Monday directed the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of ...

  19. Future of Music Coalition Reports Grim Airplay Data

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition has released a report detailing the grim state of indie airplay on commercial radio stations. The data, drawn from Mediaguide playlists for seven specific music formats (AC, Urban AC, Active Rock, Country, CHR Pop, Tr ...

  20. Updated: FCC's Adelstein Calls For PPM Inquiry

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein Wednesday morning (April 8) called for a government inquiry into how Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) collects data and affects minority audiences and broadcast stations. "I'm hopeful that t ...

  21. Business Briefs: eMusic, Mixtape, Obama's FCC Pick

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Record and Tape Traders in Catonsville, Maryland has shut its doors ( Catonsville Times ) - eMusic now offers quarterly subscriptions: 60 tracks per quarter for $19.99 and 100 tracks per quarter for $24.99. ( Digital Audio Insider ) - The latest ...

  22. Experts: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Has A Chance

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the world's biggest concert promoter and largest ticket seller announced they would merge last month, it seemed unlikely that antitrust enforcers would approve the creation of such an entertainment giant. But some competition experts, se ...

  23. Report: Latin Stations Targeted In Payola Investigation

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Latin radio stations in Texas appear to be among those being investigated in an ongoing FCC probe into payola allegations. According to the McAllen Monitor , Spanish-language stations in the Rio Grande Valley have received letters of inquiry as we ...

  24. Kevin Martin Resigns From FCC

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST FCC chairman Kevin Martin (pictured) has resigned from his post as commissioner and chairman of the FCC effective Tuesday, Jan. 20. He made the announcement early this afternoon (Jan. 15); just days after hinting that he would stay on until his te ...

  25. Bilingual Network LATV Expands

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bilingual network LATV has signed an affiliate deal with Sacramento, Calif.'s, KTXL (Fox 40) to broadcast on the local channel's digital spectrum. It is LATV's fourth Tribune Broadcasting affiliate and its 35th digital multicast aff ...

  26. FCC Appeals Janet Jackson Case To Supreme Court

    November 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The FCC last week appealed a ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, saying that court was wrong to throw out the case and a $550,000 fine against CBS Corp. in July. The appellate court cited the FCC practice of not consid ...

  27. FCC Investigates Lawsuit’s Payola Claim

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The fallout over a two-year-old wrongful termination suit by an ex-Fonovisa promotions VP continues, with the Federal Communications Commission sending letters of inquiry to radio stations it suspects of having received payments for spins. Billboa ...

  28. SBS Hit With FCC Fines

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The FCC has hit Spanish Broadcasting System with two fines of $16,000 each as a result of what the regulator says was a rule violation in relation to a prank call made last year on "El Vacilon de la Mañana." According to an FCC document ...

  29. Survey: Indie Labels Dissatisfied With Airplay

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade coalition A2IM and the Future of Music Coalition have released a survey of 61 indie labels that points to a continuing dissatisfaction on the part of labels when it comes to getting commercial radio airplay. Over 92% of independent lab ...

  30. SRA Applauds N.Y.C. Council PPM Vote; Arbitron Responds

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In response to Wednesday's (Sept. 24) unanimous vote from the New York City Council to call on the FCC to investigate Arbitron's PPM and the electronic ratings system's potential effects on the diversity of radio, the Spanish Radio ...

  31. Silverman Hails Jimmy Kimmel Emmy Win

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Yeah, the FCC decency folks are crying themselves to sleep tonight: "I'm F*cking Matt Damon" from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" won for outstanding original music and lyrics at Saturday's ceremony for the 2008 Primetime Creativ ...

  32. New York AG Investigates PPM

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pressured by a group of Hispanic broadcasters and Inner City Broadcasting in New York City, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has initiated an investigation into Arbitron's portable people meter (PPM) system. Arbitron received a subpoena ...

  33. FCC Approves Satellite Merger

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The FCC waited until just before 9 p.m. ET Friday evening (July 25) to announce the long-awaited merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio was approved by a 3-2 conditional vote by the Commissioners, clearing the way for one big ...

  34. Sources: Satcaster Merger Close To Being Finalized

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The FCC Enforcement Bureau's Consent Decree with Sirius and XM is circulating among the FCC's five commissioners and is expected to be accepted by a narrow majority by Friday (July 25). With that acceptance is commissioner Deborah Taylor ...

  35. Adelstein Reverses, Votes Against Satellite Merger

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein this morning (July 23) voted against the proposed Sirius-XM merger after the satcasters refused to embrace any of the conditions he proposed to win his support for the deal, R&R has confirmed. "It was c ...

  36. FCC's Copps Rejects Satellite Merger Plan

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Michael Copps, a longtime warrior against media consolidation, on Monday (July 21) voted against the proposed Sirius, XM satellite radio merger, a decision that has lingered at the FCC for more than 410 days. R&R confirmed Cop ...

  37. Promotional Value Of Music On Radio: $2.4 Billion

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One day after the contentious Performance Rights Act sailed through the House Subcommittee on Courts , the Internet and Intellectual Property, NAB president and CEO David Rehr pegged the promotional value of music broadcast on terrestrial radio at ...

  38. Comedy Legend George Carlin Dies At 71

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital yesterday (June 22). He was 71. Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems ...

  39. Martin Gives Specifics On Satellite Merger

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC chairman Kevin Martin on Monday (June 16) said he will recommend to his four fellow commissioners approval of the Sirius Satellite Radio merger with XM Satellite Radio after executives at the two entities agreed to a series of conditions that ...

  40. RIAA Chimes In On Net Neutrality

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The debate continued over net neutrality on Capitol Hill today, with RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol weighing in on a bill that would set U.S. broadband policy and mandate an FCC study. Bainwol, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subc ...

  41. Sirius, XM Merger Approved By DOJ

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio received the Justice Department's green light Monday as government lawyers found that the combined company competes against a broad universe of electronic entertainme ...

  42. Supreme Court To Hear Broadcast Indecency Case

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court will hear a challenge from America's major broadcast networks that questions the FCC's ability to fine broadcasters for so-called "fleeting expletives" heard during live broadcasts. The highest court said this ...

  43. Satellite Radio In Limbo

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mel Karmazin, the charismatic CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, has more than just a stalled merger on his mind. He's also wondering what it's going to cost to keep his star talker, Howard Stern, on board. "Great content costs money,&q ...

  44. Rep. Broun Blasts Proposed Sirius/XM Merger

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga.), member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Science & Technology Committee, sent a letter on Friday (Dec. 21) to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, FTC chairman Deborah Platt Majoras and ...

  45. Billboard R&B Conference Kicks Off

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard's eighth annual R&B/Hip-Hop Conference got under way Nov. 29 in Atlanta at the Renaissance downtown, which hosted some of the music industry's top executives to discuss the state of R&B/hip-hop, how gospel fits in mains ...

  46. XM Expects Q4 Subscriber Growth

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. expects retail subscriber growth to resume in the fourth quarter, but declines may occur again in the first or second quarter of 2008, chairman Gary Parsons said Monday. XM, which lost a net 17,000 retail customers ...

  47. Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally. The interference, which The Associated Pr ...

  48. Exclusive: Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For my Billboard "Legal Matters" column this week (Oct. 20 issue), Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge met with me in his office on Capitol Hill for an exclusive interview to explain how the new Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) works ...

  49. Honda Ads Get Extra Play From Music Downloads

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to link its brand more closely to one of the strongest passions of its target audience-cutting-edge music-Honda is launching a unique campaign that will tie its Civic model to dozens of new songs and music videos being released throug ...

  50. Feds Eye Fines For Satcasters

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sirius and XM satellite radio companies are coming under the FCC spotlight for producing and distributing inferior radio receivers and for placing terrestrial repeaters in unapproved locations, and could face fines according to FCC chairman Kevin ...

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