Federal Communications Commission

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation Nov. 18 that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged "muscling" pr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A leading lawmak ...

  4. WGA, SAG Want Say And Pay For Product Plugs

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Writers' Guild of America and the Screen Actors' Guild on Nov. 14 went public with their demands that networks and producers give writers and actors a creative say and financial compensation for w LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  5. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Labels, indie promoters not focus.' A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation today (Nov. 18) that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged " ...

  6. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush announced Nov. 9 his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term at the agen WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Bush announced N ...

  7. Paxson CEO Out As Part Of NBC Uni Settlement

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal and broadcaster Paxson Communications unveiled a broad new agreement Nov. 7 that settles their long-standing legal and financial disputes. NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- NBC Universal and broadcaster Paxson Communications unvei ...

  8. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term a President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his ...

  9. Hollywood Raises 'Flag' Issue

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Entertainment industry executives Nov. 3 attempted to convince lawmakers to approve laws that would ensure copyright holders' ability to protect content delivered by digital TV and radio broadcasts. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) - ...

  10. Senate OKs Analog Death In '09

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Senate on Nov. 3 narrowly approved a massive budget reduction measure that will end the nation's venerable analog broadcasting service on April 7, 2009. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Senate on Nov. 3 narrowly approved a ...

  11. FCC Approves TV Competition Study

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST What do traffic signals and street lights have to do with offering a new television service? WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- What do traffic signals and street lights have to do with offering a new television service? That is a question federal regulator ...

  12. RIAA Calls On Lawmakers For New Regulations

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST House held hearing Nov. 3. The recording industry, which has been pursuing government-mandated copying regulations on upcoming new-generation digital and satellite radio receivers for 18 months, finally got a hearing to present its case before a H ...

  13. Sheppard Mullin Taps FCC/DPB Vet Ferree

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sheppard Mullin has hired Ken Ferree, formerly one of the highest-ranking officials in the Federal Communications Commission and at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to lead the firm's new comm (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Sheppard Mull ...

  14. Viacom, UCC Dispute FCC Kid Regs

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Viacom and the United Church of Christ are both pushing to have the federal courts decide if the Federal Communications Commission's regulations regarding children's programming rules on digital TV ar WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Repo ...

  15. House Group Says Broadcast Flag 'Essential'

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The copyright industry's drive to get lawmakers to enact legislation that will institute the so-called "broadcast flag" copyright-protection regime appears to be gaining steam. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The copyright industry's drive ...

  16. More FCC Indecency Rulings Coming

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission will rule on 40-50 radio indecency complaints within the next 2-4 weeks, an agency member close to the situation revealed. Rulings on an equal number of TV compla NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commiss ...

  17. Katrina, Indecency Put Payola On Hold

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two months after New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer unveiled a landmark $10 million settlement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the Federal Communications Commission has yet to exa NEW YORK -- Nearly two months after New York s ...

  18. FCC To Rule On Radio Indecency

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 50 complaints filed. The Federal Communications Commission will rule on 40-50 radio indecency complaints within the next 2-4 weeks, revealed an agency member close to the situation. Rulings on an equal number of TV complaints are also expec ...

  19. Katrina, Indecency Put Payola On Hold

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT FCC has hands full. Nearly two months after New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer unveiled a landmark $10 million settlement with Sony BMG, the Federal Communications Commission has yet to examine a motherlode of evidence collected in Spit ...

  20. Broadcasters Testify At FCC Atlanta Meet

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The FCC's four commissioners met for nearly three hours Sept. 15 in Atlanta to hear testimony from four broadcasters and various representatives of other parts of the country's communications industry NEW YORK -- The FCC's four comm ...

  21. Coalition Seeks Digital Radio Copyright Protection

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of music industry groups ranging from the RIAA to the Gospel Music Assn. is urging Congress to approve legislation that would ensure that copyrighted works are protected during digital rad WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A ...

  22. FMC Discusses Payola, Online Licensing And LPFMs

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Federal involvement in payola, online music licensing and low power FM (LPFM) stations were the hot topics at this year's Future of Music Coalition Summit held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal involvement in payola, ...

  23. Draft Gives Head Start On Telco Bill

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers began serious consideration of legislation designed to make it easier for phone companies to deliver video programming as congressional leaders began circulating a staff draft of the bill Se WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- L ...

  24. Broadcasters Testify at FCC Atlanta Meet

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Radio, TV signals vital to country's safety. The FCC's four commissioners met for nearly three hours today (Sept. 15) in Atlanta to hear testimony from four broadcasters and various representatives of other parts of the country's co ...

  25. Payola, Online Licensing and LPFMs

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Report from the Future of Music Coalition Summit. Federal involvement in payola, online music licensing and low power FM (LPFM) stations were the hot topics at this year's Future of Music Coalition Summit held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. ...

  26. Adelstein Adamant Over FCC Payola Issue

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Democratic Federal Communications Commission activist Jonathan Adelstein said he plans to "put the fear of God" into broadcasters about obeying the FCC's payola rules. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Democratic Federal Communications Commission ...

  27. Adelstein Adamant Over FCC Payola Issue

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Plans to put 'fear of God' into broadcasters. Democratic Federal Communications Commission activist Jonathan Adelstein said he plans to "put the fear of God" into broadcasters about obeying the FCC's payola rules. He spoke ...

  28. Sirius Stern Channel Debuts Next Month

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT His start date at satcaster is January 9. Sirius Satellite Radio will launch one of its Howard Stern channels in September, even though the syndicated morning man is contractually forbidden from appearing on-air at Sirius until January 2006. On hi ...

  29. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications Commission c NEW YORK -- Under pressure to act upon pa ...

  30. Ex-FCC Chairman Powell Joins Providence Equity

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell has joined private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, which focuses on the media and communications sectors, as a senior advisor. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Former Federal Comm ...

  31. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evidence of violations will bring 'swift action.' Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications ...

  32. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evidence of violations will bring 'swift action.' Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications ...

  33. FCC Eases Regulations On DSL Broadband

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Communications and other U.S. local telephone companies will be freed from numerous regulations on their high-speed Internet services, the Federal Communications Commission decided Aug. 5. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- Verizon Communicatio ...

  34. Payola Probe Fallout Begins

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer creates some waves as he settled the state's payola probe against Sony BMG Music Entertainment. NEW YORK -- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has settled the state's payola probe against Sony ...

  35. Settlement Redefines Label-Radio Relationship

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Promotional support, prizes and give-a-ways examined. New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer's $10 million settlement with Sony BMG does more than affirm the illegality of the “traditional device of delivering bribes to radio programme ...

  36. Artist Groups, Unions Grateful To Spitzer

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Years of petitions validated. Recording artist groups and unions are unanimously grateful that New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has acted on "pay for play" practices after several years of petitions to Congress and the FCC to no a ...

  37. FCC Tunes In To Spitzer Settlement

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Asks attorney general for "everything he's got." In announcing a settlement (July 25) with Sony BMG regarding payola issues, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer made a clear plea to the Federal Communications Commission to ...

  38. Spitzer Evidence To Be Handed Over To FCC

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Full-on federal investigation expected. Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein says Elliot Spitzer has given the Federal Communications Commission "an arsenal of smoking guns" to amp up federal payola enforcement. Reacting to Monday’s settlemen ...

  39. FCC Pulls Media Ownership Discussion

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission was forced to postpone its vote July 14 to begin crafting new regulations governing who can own which media properties and where they can own them after the commi WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  40. SBS Making TV Debut

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Radio station group Spanish Broadcasting System is broadening its reach into the television sector, unveiling a $37.5 million deal to acquire WDLP-TV and other TV assets serving Miami and South Florid NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Radio sta ...

  41. FCC Ownership Proposal Pulled from Agenda

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The arduous task of rewriting the nation's media ownership rules has been put on hold, again. A proceeding that would restart the process was pulled from the FCC’s Open Meeting agenda at the last mi The arduous task of rewriting the nation� ...

  42. Report: FCC Indecency Fines Drop Off

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity says there have been no indecency fines issued by the Federal Communications Commission during the first half of 2005. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrit ...

  43. KXOL Responds To Suit With Tower Move

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System reggaeton/hip-hop KXOL Los Angeles is in the process of relocating to a new tower site. NASHVILLE -- Spanish Broadcasting System reggaeton/hip-hop KXOL Los Angeles is in the process of relocating to a new tower site. Th ...

  44. Supreme Court Overturns Ruling On Cable Internet Lines

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court handed the cable industry and the Federal Communications Commission a big victory June 27 in upholding the commission's 2002 ruling that cable operators are not required to open up t (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Supreme C ...

  45. Report: FCC Indecency Fines Stopped in Late 2004

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Last year set record for the number of fines (12). The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity says there have been no indecency fines issued by the Federal Communications Commission during the first half of 2005. Part of the reason for ...

  46. FCC Moves Up Deadline For Digital TV Tuners

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission on June 9 moved up its deadline requiring TV set manufacturers to produce sets capable of receiving digital signals. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) - The Federal Communications Commission on June 9 ...

  47. This Week's Top Stories

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <UL> <LI>FCC Moves Up Deadline For Digital TV Tuners</LI> <LI>Diller Sells Stake In VUE</LI> <LI>Ritmo Refuses Shakira Set</LI> <LI>U.S. Faults U.N. Diversity Treaty</LI> </UL> For these ...

  48. No Supreme Court Review Of Ownership Rules

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Appeals of broadcasters, newspaper owners denied. The Supreme Court today (June 13) denied the appeal of broadcasters and newspaper owners to review FCC ownership rules, keeping in place limitations on the number of radio stations, TV channels and ...

  49. Indigos, Lawmakers Link For LPFM Legislation

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Attempts to expand Low Power FM's reach. The Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, performed to a packed room of about 150 congressional lawmakers, staffers and interest-group representatives, gathered to hear the artists and to learn more ...

  50. Adelstein Calls For Probe Into Hidden Pitches

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A top federal regulator called for a crackdown on product placement and paid product pitches on everything from soap operas to reality shows, saying federal authorities should investigate dubious prac WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A top federal regulator ca ...

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