FCC clarifies political disclosure ruling.

30The ruling on broadcasters’ political file requirements for issue advertising has been restated by the Commission to avoid misunderstanding. The required disclosure of who buys third-party political ads is applicable to issue advertising, but not to ads supporting legally-qualified candidates.…

Good idea?

The morning hosts of KID in Idaho Falls, ID have resigned because station management objected to their telling listeners to ignore the stay-at-home order issued by Idaho Gov. Brad Little. Neil Larson and Julie Mason left the station rather than…

IHeart Media launches small-business resource.

The mega group has set up what they call the “Small Business Crisis Resource,” comprising a newsletter, a website, and a webinar series specifically for small businesses, offering up-to-the-minute news and information about resources for small businesses, including the federal…

Survey says: radio listening up.

According to the weekly Pool survey from MindShare, one third of the 1400 respondents say they are listening more to radio now, during the pandemic, than before it began. The Report concludes, “With our routines broken, we see new habits…

NAB to FCC: “Expand the landscape.”

The National Association of Broadcasters filed comments on the Commission’s biennial 2020 Communications Marketplace Report docket, urging the agency to expand the definition of the competitive landscape to include “over-the-air radio and television stations, satellite radio, cable, satellite and fiber-optic…

Artists to FCC: “Think of the creators.”

musicFirst and the Future of Music Coalition joined forces to file comments in the FCC’s biennial 2020 Communications Marketplace Report docket, urging the agency to factor in the interests of music creators when they conduct competitive analyses in the audio…

BIA recasts local ad revenue forecast.

The new forecast from BIA Advisory Services for 2020 projects local advertising revenues will be down 3.6%, a 10.6% reduction from their previous projection. This takes into account an estimated $7.1 billion in anticipated political revenue.

“NAB Show Express” dates set.

The digital version of this year’s Las Vegas no-Show is scheduled for May 13-14. The event will take place online for free, offering three streaming channels plus on-demand content. A special “Solutions Marketplace” has been set up for exhibitors. Registration…

Activists move to block iHeartMedia takeover.

A consortium of industry-adjacent groups—the American Economic Liberties Project, Artist Rights Alliance, Center For Digital Democracy, Institute For Local Self-Reliance, Public Citizen, and Open Markets Institute—have sent a letter to the Attorney General’s office urging that the rumored takeover attempt…