Federal prosecutors are looking into the National Enquirer’s handling of a story about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ extramarital affair to see if the tabloid’s publisher violated a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
Former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress who played a key role in many pieces of landmark legislation, has died. He was one of broadcasters’ most stalwart defenders in Congress. He pushed to ensure broadcasters were treated fairly in the first DTV transition in 2009 and what would be the second one — the TV station repack — following the incentive auction. NAB CEO Gordon Smith said: “Broadcasters were honored to call Chairman Dingell a friend, and we will never forget his tenacity, good humor and belief in the benefits of free and local radio and television.”
The FCC’s order eliminating the need to post and maintain broadcast licenses at a physical location goes into effect on Friday, Feb. 8, giving broadcasters one less responsibility to worry about.
Broadcasters should be very careful when considering whether to accept e-cigarette or vaping ads, especially on stations having a high percentage of minors or teens in their audience. The FDA has threatened to review the promotional activities of the e-cigarette and vaping industries to evaluate compliance with the law.
Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press Wednesday.
While the shutdown of the Federal government delayed FCC activities in January, with the government back in business (hopefully for the long term), Broadcast Law Blog has put together a Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters for 2019.
It’s putting together an expert team to focus on fighting waste, fraud and abuse in Universal Service Fund programs.