Federal Communications Commission

  1. Satcasters To Offer A La Carte Programming

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hoping to win favor with federal regulators and win approval of their proposed merger, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio have offered to implement a la carte programming as a combined company. The offer is part of a broader pricing and ...

  2. Clear Channel Revises Indie Contract

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has revised its online agreement for indie artists and labels who want to upload their music to be considered for broadcast and digital downloading. The agreement, which came under the spotlight when the American Assn. of Independent ...

  3. One-Word, Image Indecency Bill Introduced

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon marked up the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act, (S.1780), introduced last week by West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller and immediately gained important co-sponsorship from leading leg ...

  4. Senator Seeks Reassurances From Radio Heads On Payola

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Russ Feingold is growing concerned about radio's enforcement of anti-payola policies agreed to in the FCC consent decree in April, and wants to know what the four biggest broadcast groups are doing to enforce the rules. In a particularly ...

  5. FMC: Clear Channel Asking Artists To Sign Away Digital Royalties

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition says Clear Channel, in accepting music submissions from artists for possible play on the air and online, is forcing "local and independent artists to give up hard-won performance royalties as a condition for cons ...

  6. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Attack of the Amazons It's a simple equation -- make digital music interoperable and more people will sell it. That's the message coming out of Amazon.com's long-expected revelation that it will soon launch a digital music ...

  7. Bill Would Throw Out New Webcaster Rates

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A bill introduced in the House today (April 26) would change the recent webcaster royalty rates set for sound recordings by the Copyright Royalty Board. The stated purpose of the Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. ...

  8. Karmazin Reiterates Sirius/XM Merger Benefits

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Making another appearance in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning (April 17) regarding the proposed merger of his company, Sirius Satellite Radio and competitor XM Satellite Radio, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin this time appeared before the Senate Commi ...

  9. Alabama Reps Oppose XM, Sirius Merger

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Alabama House of Representatives has voiced opposition to the proposed merger of XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. House members unanimously passed a resolution this morning urging the U.S. Attorney General and the FCC to oppose the merger ...

  10. FCC Approves Univision Sale

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, the FCC has approved the acquisition of Univision Communications by investor group Broadcasting Media Partners (BMP). The sale was set at approximately $12.3 billion or $36.25 per share. Once the acquisition is finalized, which is exp ...

  11. Impala: Indies Need Better Access To Euro Radio

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala has called for European measures to promote independent airplay in the wake of the $12.5 million U.S. payola radio settlement earlier this month. A side deal to the Federal Communications Commission settlement over paid airtime claims gives ...

  12. A2IM Discloses Radio Rules Of Engagement

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade group that, as previously reported, secured commitments from Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom to adhere to a set of radio Rules of Engagement, as well as blocks of progr ...

  13. Stations To Pay $12.5M In FCC Settlement

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Exasperated listeners weary of hearing the same songs over and over on the radio may have something to cheer about: a pair of innovative deals that could shake up the music playlists of some of the nation's largest radio-station chains. Four ...

  14. Univision Names New CEO

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST The private investor group that acquired Univision Communications Inc. has named Joe Uva, president and CEO of OMD Worldwide, to succeed the Spanish broadcaster's CEO when the acquisition closes, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday ...

  15. XM Radio Narrows Loss In Q4

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., which last week announced plans to combine with rival Sirius, said Monday a 45% jump in revenue and a tighter leash on marketing costs helped narrow its fourth-quarter loss. The Washington-based company, which has ...

  16. Univision Agrees to Record FCC Fine

    February 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster has agreed to a record $24 million fine for failing to meet government rules for educational children's programming, a Federal Communications Commission official said Saturday (Feb. 24). ...

  17. Sirius, XM Agree To Merger

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST More than two years of merger rumors came to fruition Monday (Feb. 19) as Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced that the two FCC-licensed companies have entered into a definitive agreement, under which the companies will be combi ...

  18. AFTRA: Consolidation Doing 'Irreparable Harm'

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Group president spoke at FCC Town Hall Aug. 31. Group president spoke at FCC Town Hall Aug. 31. News ...

  19. AFTRA: Consolidation Is Doing 'Irreparable Harm'

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Group president spoke at FCC Town Hall Aug. 31. American Federal of Television and Radio Artists president John Connolly said Thursday (Aug. 31) that "consolidation of media ownership is doing irreparable harm to local and national news cover ...

  20. Sirius Raises Subscriber Forecast

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Q2 numbers show jump in subscribers, losses, revenue. Sirius Satellite Radio Tuesday (Aug. 1) raised its year-end subscriber forecast to 6.3 million, from 6.2 million. Early in the year, the radio service forecast it would have 6 million subscribe ...

  21. XM Posts Quarter Loss, Slashes Sub Forecast

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Net loss $229 million, $147 million a year ago. XM Satellite Radio posted an expanded second quarter net loss, fueled, in part, by over $100 million in non-operating charges stemming from a debt restructuring. The company, which currently claims 7 ...

  22. FCC Opts To Re-Think Indecency Rulings

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeals court for the chance to re-examine its own recent indecency decisions. The commission has also asked the court to suspend any judgments concerning sever The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeal ...

  23. Senate Panel Clears B'cast Flag

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give the FCC authority to promulgate regulations designed to protect content delivered by digital broadcasts. A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give th ...

  24. RIAA, Clear Channel Debate Digital Radio

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Broacasters fear legislation that restricts hi-def usage. RIAA head Mitch Bainwol and Clear Channel chief legal officer Andrew Levin engaged in a rapid-fire debate over broadcast audio flag legislation and fair use during a House subcommittee hear ...

  25. Senators Push For Localism Before Media Ownership

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT FCC to examine media ownership rules Wed. There's an idea floating around the hallways of the FCC that could satisfy the wishes of senators who want the agency to ensure broadcasters maintain their local public service obligations. An open me ...

  26. Bush Signs Broadcast Decency Law

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fines up to $325,000 per incident. President Bush signed legislation Thursday that will cost broadcasters dearly when raunchy programming exceeds "the bounds of decency." At a signing ceremony for the new law increasing by tenfold the ma ...

  27. House Passes Decency Enforcement Act

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bill to be delivered to the White House. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Decency Enforcement Act, 379-35. The bill increases to $325,000 the per-incident fine the FCC can impose on licensees for broadcasting ...

  28. Indecency Complaints Q1 '06 Surpass '05 Total

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ,131 complaints for the three months ended March. There already have been more consumer complaints filed this year concerning obscene, indecent or profane programming on TV and radio than were filed for all of 2005. The FCC’s latest tally of su ...

  29. FCC's Fifth: Senate Okays McDowell

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Takes over the Republican seat at Commission On their way out the door for the Memorial Day holiday, the Senate confirmed Robert McDowell—by unanimous consent—to be the FCC’s fifth commissioner. He takes over the Republican seat at the Commission ...

  30. Firm Proposes Free Internet Using Radio Spectrum

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Would cover most of U.S., be supported by ads. A Silicon Valley company has asked the FCC to allow it to use—free—a band of radio spectrum for a free high-speed wireless Internet network that would cover most of the country and be supported by adv ...

  31. CBS, Howard Stern Close To Settlement

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers on both sides confirm. Lawyers on both sides of the CBS Corp. and Howard Stern breach of contract lawsuit said Wednesday they are close to a settlement. CBS lawyer Irvin Nathan told Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman, "We have an ...

  32. XM Gets FCC, FTC Queries; Reports Q1

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ends Q1 with 6.5 million subscribers. XM president/CEO Hugh Panero didn’t seem fazed by the inquiry letters he received from two federal agencies, the FTC and the FCC, except to lament that the letters came just before his quarterly earnings confe ...

  33. David Lee Roth To Be Ousted

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Opie & Anthony to replace Roth in seven markets. According to sources familiar with the situation, David Lee Roth’s CBS radio morning show is coming to a screeching halt within a few weeks and will be replaced by the Opie & Anthony Sho ...

  34. A2IM To FCC: Amen, Brother

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade body met Commissioner Adelstein. The American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), a new trade association less than a year old, is happy with its meeting yesterday with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and their discussion of a set o ...

  35. Anonymous Spitzer Letter Riles Up The Row

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An anonymous letter sent to New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer has ruffled feathers in the country music industry. The letter, signed "some very concerned music industry professionals," acc An anonymous letter sent to New York ...

  36. Pirate Radio Station Continues Assault In Miami

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Authorities search for those involved. Da Streetz, a pirate hip-hop station based in Miami, has created interference on two frequencies used to communicate with air traffic controllers, but so far, FCC, FAA and Florida Department of Law Enforcemen ...

  37. Sources: Consortium Lining-Up Univision Bid

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blackstone Group, KKR, Quadrangle in the mix. A group of investors including Mexican broadcaster Televisa is planning to launch a bid for Spanish-language U.S. media company Univision Communications Inc., which is eyeing a sale, a source familiar ...

  38. FCC On Payola: 'No Wrist Slaps'

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Adelstein weighs in on lawsuit against Entercom. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein weighed in with a warning that the Commission is serious about prosecuting broadcasters who violate payola regulations. “We can’t let any violators get away with ...

  39. Spitzer Files Payola Suit Against Entercom

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer is bringing a lawsuit against Entercom Communications, accusing the radio company of illegally trading airtime for payments. New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer is bringing a lawsuit against ...

  40. Stern Accuses CBS Of 'Bullying'

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reacts to rumors that CBS intends to sue him. Howard Stern called a news conference in New York City Tuesday (Feb. 28) to express exasperation over what he termed “bullying” and “threatening” over the past few months by CBS, his former employer. S ...

  41. 100s Of Radio Stations Marked In Payola Probe

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hundreds of radio stations are under intense scrutiny by the FCC for their alleged involvement in payola scams in an investigation that commissioner Jonathan Adelstein calls "potentially the most wide Hundreds of radio stations are under inte ...

  42. Payola Moves To Senate?

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sen. Russ Feingold, D., Wisconsin sent a letter this morning (Feb. 9) to Commerce Committee chairman Sen. Ted Stevens, R., Alaska, and co-chair Sen. Daniel Inouye, D., Hawaii, asking them to schedule Sen. Russ Feingold, D., Wisconsin sent a letter ...

  43. Spanish Media Giant Univision For Sale

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST A late afternoon announcement from Univision today (Feb. 8) confirmed that the Spanish language media company is on the block. Univision has retained UBS Investment Bank as a financial advisor to help After months of speculation, Univision Communi ...

  44. Citadel Acquires ABC Radio

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST New company third largest radio group in U.S. The Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company and Citadel Broadcasting have approved a definitive agreement to combine ABC Radio with Citadel Broadcasting. The widely rumored merger, was finally un ...

  45. Cable, Satcasters In Senate's Crosshairs

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lawmakers began decency forum Nov. 29. It was television, rather than radio, that was singled out in early remarks made by three senators and the FCC chairman during opening presentations at Tuesday's (Nov. 29) Senate Commerce Committee forum ...

  46. Abernathy To Depart FCC

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the White House that she will leave the post on Dec. 9. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the ...

  47. FCC Looks At Cable Franchises

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission has kicked off a proceeding that could make it easier for cable's competitors to move into operators' exclusive territories. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Federal Communications Co ...

  48. Warner Agrees To Payola Settlement

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer's office in its ongoing payola investigation. Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New ...

  49. Adelstein Dubs WMG Payola Pact 'Breakthrough'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Calls for FCC to act on the evidence. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein quickly reacted to the news today of a settlement by the New York Attorney General’s office and Warner Music Group on issues of payola. In a prepared statement, Adelstein sa ...

  50. Warner Agrees To Payola Settlement

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer's office in its ongoing payola investigation. Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New ...

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