Author: Jay Mitchell

New tax certificate bill introduced.

Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) introduced “the Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act 2017” that would institute tax certificates to be introduced to those who sell their stations to minority or female buyers. Furthermore, the measure would ask the FCC to limit…

Truth to Power

I want to commend FCC chairman Ajit Pai for his message-within-a-message in response to the letter sent by the members of the Senate Commerce Committee (see the article earlier in this issue). His monosyllabic responses to the six bloated questions…

Chairman Pai writes back.

After the FCC chairman appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, members of that committee sent a letter to him criticizing his “lack of full transparency” at the hearing and his “refusal to answer straightforward questions about…

News appetite on the rise.

According to the Nielsen Total Audience Report for 2016, because of the ever-changing political landscape and the earth colorful administration, listeners and viewers are flocking to their favorite news sources in record numbers. Overall, adults 18+ spent over 72.5 billion…

News media go on the defense.

To combat what they call “today’s climate of distrust and growing attacks on journalism,” the Radio Television Digital News Association has set up what they call the “Voice of the First Amendment Task Force.” The task force will be meeting…

NAB announces election results.

This year, the NAB Radio Board elections took place in odd-numbered districts; the winners, who will serve two-year terms beginning in June, include: Caroline Becker (Riverfront Broadcasting); Bradford Caldwell (East Arkansas Broadcasters); Randy Gravley (Tri-State Communications); Ed Henson (Henson Media);…