FCC’s Geoffrey Starks: Broadcasters Can ‘Democratize’ Streaming

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said all Americans would benefit if broadcasters became a go-to streaming competitor to the Netflixes and Amazon Prime Videos of the world, using their new ATSC 3.0 advanced-TV transmission system, and perhaps the government should help subsidize that effort.

FBI Raid On ABC News Producer Wasn’t Tied To His Work

Dominion CEO: Fox News ‘Knew The Truth’ About Voter Fraud Claims

The head of voting systems company Dominion said Sunday on 60 Minutes that Fox News knew allegations against the company being made by former president Trump and his associates following the 2020 election were untrue but decided to air them anyway.

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FCC’s Starks: The Future Of Broadcasting Is NextGen TV

ATSC 3.0-enabled technology will make broadcasting more like the internet, but privacy protections need to be taken seriously, Geoffrey Starks said last week in a speech at the University Of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Center For Technology, Innovation & Competition.

STATION ADVISORY

Election Season Refresher: Political Ad Compliance

With midterm elections fast approaching, candidates for public office and advocates for a variety of political issues are looking to radio and television broadcasters to get their message out. However, broadcasters need to keep in mind that airing these ads comes with upload requirements to a station’s political file, which is located within its online public inspection file. While this is not an exhaustive list of all political ad compliance requirements, here are two key rules to keep in mind this election season.

Jury: Kevin Spacey Didn’t Molest Actor Anthony Rapp In 1986

The verdict in the civil trial came with lightning speed. Jurors at a federal court in New York deliberated for a little more than an hour before deciding that Rapp hadn’t proven his allegations against the actor.

Oprah Seeks To Lend Her Appeal To Abrams In Georgia Election

Winfrey appeared in a recorded chat with Abrams on a campaign website Thursday, saying she believes the candidate has a “calling to want people to be able to do better, to live better and to thrive in their lives.”

In A #MeToo Moment, Hollywood Figures Face Season Of Trials

High-profile sexual assault trials are playing out in courtrooms from coast to coast.

CCIA Names New Washington Executives

Judge Strikes Down Nation’s First Tax On Digital Ads

A Maryland judge on Monday struck down the nation’s first tax on digital ads, ruling it violated two federal laws. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Alison Ali ruled in favor of telecommunication companies Verizon Media and Comcast, both of which had challenged the state tax on online advertisements as unconstitutional and a violation of federal law.

 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Warns FCC To Stay In Regulatory Lane

Perhaps anticipating a potential change in House leadership next year after midterm elections, the possible incumbent future chair of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee signaled the FCC that it should stay within its regulatory lane, likely including any attempt to impose new net neutrality regulations, if the agency gets a third Democrat seated during the lame-duck session. In a letter to FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel, Rep. Kathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), ranking member of the committee, sent this warning: “As the committee of jurisdiction overseeing the FCC, I assure you the committee and its members will exercise our robust investigative and legislative powers to not only forcefully reassert our Article I responsibilities, but to ensure the FCC under Democrat leadership does not continue to exceed Congressional authorizations.”

FBI Raids Home Of Former ABC News Investigative Producer

N.Y. Governor, Attorney General Seek New Social Media Restrictions

Invoking YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, Twitch and others, as well as fringe site 4chan, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James are calling for a government crackdown on online platforms, saying they contributed to the Buffalo mass shooting that left 10 dead and three injured.

New Bill Would Restore, Expand Broadcasters’ Foreign Programming ID Check

A bipartisan, bicameral effort in Congress is looking to help the FCC reinstate a new rule requiring broadcasters to do more due diligence when identifying foreign-sponsored programming and the FCC’s Democrat commissioners are on board with the effort.

’70s Show’ Actor Danny Masterson On Trial On 3 Rape Charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danny Masterson, former star of the long-running sitcom “That ’70s Show,” is about to face three women in court who say he raped them two decades ago at a trial whose key figures are all current or former members of the Church of Scientology. Opening statements could begin as early as […]

Standard General’s Soo Kim Brands Tegna Deal Criticism As Racist, Sexist

Standard General’s long-haul effort to get FCC approval for its proposed purchase of Tegna and its TV stations is getting ugly. Soo Kim, founding partner of Standard General, hit back hard at critics in a press release today, Monday (Oct. 17). Standard General said it was responding to “fact-free” and “repeated ad hominem attacks,” calling out criticisms from representatives of The NewsGuild-CWA, the union that has petitioned to block the deal, and saying they were racially charged and sexist.

Kara Graves Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer As Partner in DC Office

Wilkinson Barker Knauer has hired Kara Graves as a partner in its Washington office. She joins WBK with deep experience in wireless issues, specializing in spectrum policy, infrastructure and accessibility. Prior to joining WBK, Knauer was vice president of regulatory affairs at CTIA. She regularly advocated on behalf of the association before the FCC and […]

Supporters Of FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Gang Up On Hill

Supporters of Gigi Sohn’s nomination to the FCC have gotten together on a letter to congressional leaders, clearly hoping that the weight of their collective call for action can move a needle that has been stuck for well over a year. In a letter dated Oct. 14, almost 250 groups, mostly public interest groups but also including Dish, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, INCOMPAS and the Rural Wireless Association, told Senate leaders from both parties that she should get a floor vote before Congress adjourns.

Nielsen Tells FCC It Could Have A Streaming Diversity Reporting Solution

Nielsen has told the FCC it is working on a product to analyze “behind the camera” as well as on-screen diversity that could give the agency most of the information it may be looking for without making programmers and distributors, including streamers owned by media companies with FCC licenses, have to certify that information.

FCC Said Poised To Ban Huawei, ZTE Equipment

The FCC is preparing to ban new Huawei and ZTE device sales in the U.S., the first time the regulator has banned equipment on the basis of national security, according to various reports. The issue is the conclusion that those companies have too-close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

 

Alex Jones Mocks Grieving Sandy Hook Families As He Livestreams $1B Verdict: ‘Do These People Really Think They’re Getting Any Of This Money?’

Jamaica Bans Broadcasts Deemed To Glorify Drugs, Crime

The government said the ban is meant to cut back on material that “could give the wrong impression that criminality is an accepted feature of Jamaican culture and society.”

Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law From Taking Effect

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a controversial Texas social media law from going into effect Wednesday as industry groups seek to bring the case to the Supreme Court. The court granted a request from the Computer and Communications Industry Association and NetChoice to prevent the law’s implementation ahead of a potential Supreme Court hearing on the case, the tech associations said Wednesday.

Alex Jones Ordered To Pay $965M For Sandy Hook Lies

The verdict is the second big judgment against the Infowars host over his relentless promotion of the lie that the 2012 massacre never happened, and that the grieving families seen in news coverage were actors hired as part of a plot to take away people’s guns.

Deadlocked FCC Still Has Power To Block Standard General-Tegna Deal

The FCC is getting a full-court press from both friends and foes of the merger of broadcast groups Standard General and Tegna, which Democrats could block even with a politically divided 2-2 commission.

Pac-12 Network Sues Dish For Withholding Programming Fees

The Pac-12 Network has filed a civil lawsuit against satellite and streaming company Dish Network, claiming the pay television service withheld payment during the COVID-19 pandemic in violation of its carriage agreement. According to the lawsuit, Pac-12 Network says the agreement requires it to provide a certain number of college football games during a season. In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pac-12 Network only aired one game; as a consequence, the network says it offered Dish a rebate because that year’s football season was shortened.

Q&A WITH JEFF KOSSEFF

A Supreme Court Case Could Decide The Fate Of The Modern Internet

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has shielded internet giants and social media companies from legal liability for what users say on their platforms. But now, the Supreme Court is set to hear a case on Section 230, one that could fundamentally alter big tech’s business model.

Trump Threatens More Lawsuits Against Media

Donald Trump says he plans to file lawsuits against “a large number” of news outlets, just as he has against CNN. In an email to supporters, the former president said those other news outlets — he did not identify them — were guilty of “lies, defamation, and wrongdoing,” including as it pertains to “The Big Lie.”

White House Moves Forward With Cross-Border Data Pact

President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order to implement a new privacy framework intended to allow tech companies to transfer data from Europe to America. The move comes more than six months after the White House and European officials announced that they had reached an agreement in principle for a new data pact.

‘Veep’ And ‘The West Wing’ Reunions Raise Almost $700,000 For Wisconsin Democrats