Broadcasters will see FCC in court.


The News Media Alliance (nee the Newspaper Association of America) and the National Association of Broadcasters, in separate actions, have taken the FCC to court objecting to the Commission’s decision to hold onto the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ban. The filings were…

Senator Smith talks media to media.


The NAB President/CEO spoke to a Media Institute Communications Forum luncheon in Washington last week, offering comments on a variety of broadcast concerns. He railed against the “fake news” trend in social media, saying that broadcasters present “just the facts,”…

RMLC goes preemptive.

The Radio Music License Committee filed an antitrust suit against a new performance-rights licensing entity, Global Music Rights (GMR), claiming that, since it controls the music in its inventory, it is a monopoly and can charge whatever it wants for…

All in the family plan.

Amazon Music Unlimited is rolling out a family subscription plan, which allows up to six family members to benefit from a single subscription for $14.99 a month. All members of the family can stream as much music as they want,…

An HD Radio record.

HD parent DTS announces that a record 34 new model year 2017 cars will feature HD Radio receivers. Automakers hip to the HD scene include Acura, Infiniti, Kia, Lincoln, Nissan, Toyota, Volvo, Jaguar, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz,…

BFA moves up.


The Broadcasters Foundation Of America has undergone an extensive rebranding, including a new logo, new social media presence and a complete website redesign. The BFA exists to give financial assistance to needy broadcasters, and the rebranding is to give the…

Case dismissed.

Case dismissed. Two photographers who had sued two broadcast groups over the unauthorized use of copyrighted images have dropped their actions—“voluntarily dismissed with prejudice.” Photogs Paul Martinka and David McGlynn brought suit against WBCN/Charlotte and WJBR/Wilmington, respectively.

Donald John Trump, 45.


Come January the United States will have a new president. Forty-nine percent of the country is ecstatic. Forty-nine percent is in mourning. And 2% are sparking up fatties blissfully ignorant of the fact that their vote did count, after all.