Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems Postponed Until October 3, 2018

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems Postponed Until October 3, 2018

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems Postponed Until October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20… read more

NAB Offers Repack Resources for TV Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is offering Broadcasters who may be shifting channels as the result of the repack, tools to help communicate these changes with viewers.  This includes a checklist of activities to ensure they are meeting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) education requirements and aware of best practices recommended by NAB.  Some tools are… read more

Senate Passes Music Modernization Act

Variety reports that the Music Modernization Act has passed The Senate unanimous consent.  The bill, which now only needs passage in the House before it winds up on President Trump’s desk to become law, combines three separate pieces of legislation: * The Music Modernization Act of 2018, S.2334, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and… read more

DIRS Test for This Week Cancelled

The FCC has announced that the DIRS exercise scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, 9/13-14, due to Hurricane Florence. FCC plans on having a DIRS test for broadcasters after the hurricane season is over.

Reminder: Lowest Unit Rate for November Election in Effect

On September 7, the lowest unit rate window for the upcoming November election went into effect. During this window, broadcasters cannot charge candidates any more for advertising than the broadcaster’s Lowest Unit Rate for advertising time of the same class run during the same daypart. MAB’s Washington legal counsel David Oxenford posted an articlereminding broadcasters… read more