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BOTTLEROCK 2020 IS LOOKING LIKE A LATE SUMMER FESTIVAL OASIS RIGHT NOW

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Good music. Good times.

This Week at the FCC for Broadcasters: May 23, 2020 to May 29, 2020

Delivered... David Oxenford and Adam Sandler | Scene | Sun 31 May 2020 3:35 pm

Here are some of the regulatory and legal actions of the last week—and some obligations for the week ahead—of significance to broadcasters, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

  • The comment cycle was set in the FCC’s annual regulatory fee proceeding. On or before June 12, the Commission wants to hear from interested parties about the fees that it proposes to impose on the companies that it regulates – including broadcasters.  The FCC proposes to complete the implementation of its change to computing fees for television stations based on population served rather than on the market in which they operate, a move it began last year (see our Broadcast Law Blog article here on the FCC decision last year to initiate the change in the way TV fees are allocated).  The FCC also asks for ideas about how the Commission can extend fee relief to stations suffering COVID-19-related financial hardship.  Reply comments are due on or before June 29.  (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking)
  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Chris Krebs, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, wrote to the nation’s governors asking them to, among other things, declare radio and TV broadcasters as essential to COVID-19 response efforts and to afford broadcasters all appropriate resources and access. (News Release)
  • In a good reminder to broadcasters that transactions involving the sale or transfer of control of a broadcast station must be authorized in advance by the FCC, the Media Bureau entered into a consent decree with two companies that sold an FM station and FM translator without getting approval from the Commission. The parties mistakenly believed filing license renewal applications that reflected the assignment was sufficient approval.  The consent decree includes an $8,000 penalty.  (Consent Decree).  See this article on past cases where the FCC has warned that even transactions among related companies that change the legal form of ownership of a broadcast station without changing the ultimate control need prior FCC approval.
  • The Commission granted approval to Cumulus Media, Inc. to exceed the Commission’s twenty-five percent foreign ownership threshold. The Commission will allow Cumulus to have up to 100 percent aggregate foreign investment in the company, although additional approvals will be needed if any previously unnamed foreign entity acquires 5% or more of the company or if any foreign entity desires to acquire control.  (Declaratory Ruling).  This decision shows the process that the FCC must go through to approve foreign ownership above the 25% threshold and the analysis needed to issue such approvals.  See our articles here and here about the evolving FCC policy in this area.
  • President Trump signed an executive order that seeks to, among other things, address online censorship and rollback certain protections afforded to online platforms, which include social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, but which also protect any site that hosts content created by users – which could include the Internet platforms of many broadcasters. Under federal law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, these online platforms generally enjoy legal immunity for what users post on their platforms.  The President directed the Department of Commerce to ask the FCC to open a rulemaking to review this immunity and asked the FTC to review whether platforms were adhering to their terms of use when commenting on or limiting third-party content.  Other government entities, including state attorneys general and the Department of Justice, were also asked to review online platforms.  For his part, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said “This debate is an important one. The Federal Communications Commission will carefully review any petition for rulemaking filed by the Department of Commerce.”  (Executive Order).  Watch for an article on the Broadcast Law Blog this coming week on implications of this order for broadcasters and other media companies.
  • Anyone looking to hand deliver documents to the FCC needs to learn a new address, and it is not, as you might expect, the address of the FCC’s future headquarters. Deliveries by hand must now be brought to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.  The address change is to enhance security screening and is part of winding down operations at the current 12th Street headquarters.  (Order)

Looking at the week ahead, here are some dates broadcasters need to be considering:

  • On or before Monday, June 1, all radio and TV stations in Arizona, DC, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming that have five or more full-time employees in their station employment unit (i.e., commonly owned stations serving the same area that share at least one employee) must upload to their online public file, and post a link to that report on the homepage of their station’s website, an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report documenting their hiring from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.  (EEO Rules and Policies)
  • On or before Monday, June 1, full-power TV, Class A TV, TV translator, and LPTV stations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia and full-power AM and FM stations and LPFM and FM translators in Michigan and Ohio must file their license renewal applications.  On Monday, June 1 and again on Tuesday, June 16, stations filing renewals need to broadcast their post-filing announcements informing their audiences of the filing of the renewal application.  (Broadcast Law Blog on Newly-Revised TV License Renewal Procedures) (FCC Radio License Renewal Information) (FCC TV License Renewal Information)
    • The stations filing for license renewal by June 1 have an additional EEO requirement. Full-power radio stations in Michigan and Ohio and full-power TV, Class A TV, and LPTV stations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia must file with the FCC a Form 396, the Broadcast EEO Program Report.  As a reminder, the license renewal application cross-references the file number of the EEO report, so the EEO report must be filed first.  Form 396 is completed in and submitted through the FCC’s Licensing and Management System.
  • For other regulatory dates of importance to broadcasters coming up in the month of June, see our summary of those dates which we published last week.

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Explode your face with Detroit Underground’s AR mask, melt it with these releases

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 29 May 2020 7:24 pm

Being a label - hell, being a human - can feel pretty virtual these days. So let's lean into that, huh? Face exploded - filter, check. Face melted - music, yes.

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Honoring Florian is a free library of Kraftwerk-inspired sounds for Ableton Live, TR-8S, more

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 29 May 2020 6:50 pm

This has been a season of obituaries, but when it comes to music, tributes can't be silent. Francis Preve has a special set of free sounds on his Symplesound platform.

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Low Budget Aliens Descend on Earth With “Junk DNA”

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Fri 29 May 2020 5:53 pm

Just like the origin of the universe, it started with a bang. On “Crash Landing”, the opening track from Low Budget Aliens’ debut album, the extraterrestrials introduce themselves as you’d imagine they would. Wailing alarms, shattering glass, and menacing, cryptic sound effects all communicate something to us earthlings that we can’t yet comprehend. Over the course of eight tracks...

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Lady Gaga: Chromatica review – Gaga rediscovers the riot on her most personal album

Delivered... Michael Cragg | Scene | Fri 29 May 2020 1:11 pm

Returning to the sound of her maximalist electro-pop heyday, Gaga explores buried trauma, mental illness and the complexities of fame on this return to form

A criticism often levelled at Lady Gaga is that the fantastical imagery she constructs around her albums eclipses the music itself. But it’s a sliding scale – and one that certainly mattered less when she was knocking out undeniable dance-pop party starters like Poker Face and Just Dance, or cementing her status as pop’s freaky outlier on the twisted Bad Romance. That she appeared in alien-like form in that song’s video made perfect sense: here was a chameleonic pop superstar in the vein of Bowie, Prince and Madonna opening a portal to an escapist dimension. Later, it made sense that she would lean into the imagery of hair metal on 2011’s gloriously OTT, Springsteen-referencing Born This Way. Yet on 2013’s bloated Artpop – billed as an exploration of the “reverse Warholian” phenomenon in pop culture, whatever that may be, and featuring at least one performance in which she employed a “vomit artist” to puke green paint on her chest – the aesthetic felt more like desperate distraction tactics.

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The Top 7 Mixes of May 2020

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Fri 29 May 2020 8:32 am

This time last month we were all in it together, weren’t we? The world was in lockdown, the weekend was something that happened on Zoom, baker’s yeast was rare as vibranium, and the menfolk had started shaving their heads. This month, things are different. Some cities have emerged from quarantine. In China, clubs are open. In Germany, they’re experimenting with socially distanced raving.

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News | The Flaming Lips Share New Song, ‘Flowers Of Neptune 6’ – The Quietus

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DANCEFESTOPIA 2020 IS A GO!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 28 May 2020 10:00 pm
The festival just got the go ahead from county and state officials.

EDC LAS VEGAS 2020 LINEUP IS A DEEP ONE

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 28 May 2020 10:00 pm
It's still on!

Make a 909 kick on the Make Noise 0-Coast, and more drum modeling fun

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 28 May 2020 5:01 pm

Forget even all the music that was made with it for a second. How the sound of a TR-909 kick was made can open new doors.

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June 2020 Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewals, EEO Reports, Broadcast Internet Consideration, and Comments on Significant Viewing, DTS, White Spaces, Regulatory Fees, and Video Description

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 28 May 2020 4:54 pm

With many people now entering their third month of complying with stay-at-home orders and social distancing and summer being right around the corner, it would be easy for broadcasters to look past their regulatory obligations to focus on the day when they can ramp up operations and profits.  As you can read below, however, June is a busy month with important obligations for many stations.

June brings the start of summer and the start of the license renewal cycle for television stations.  By June 1, full-power TV, Class A TV, TV translator, and LPTV stations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia and full-power AM and FM stations and LPFM and FM translators in Michigan and Ohio must file their license renewal applications. Those stations should already be close to completing their renewal applications, looking to file them on or before the June 1 deadline.  See our article here on the FCC’s announcement of the newly-revised procedures for filing TV license renewal applications.  On June 1 and again on June 16, stations filing renewals need to broadcast their post-filing announcements informing their audiences of the filing of the renewal application.

All radio and TV stations in Arizona, DC, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming that have five or more full-time employees in their station employment unit (i.e., commonly owned stations serving the same area that share at least one employee) must upload to their online public file, and post a link to that report on the homepage of their station’s website, an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report documenting their hiring from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.  Additionally, the full-power radio and TV stations, Class A TV, and LPTV stations that are filing for license renewal by June 1 must also file with the FCC a Form 396, the Broadcast EEO Program Report.  As a reminder, the license renewal application cross-references the file number of the EEO report, so the EEO report must be filed first.

The next set of license renewals will be filed by August 3 (as the 1st is on a Saturday).   On or before that date, full-power AM, FM, LPFM, and FM translator stations in Illinois and Wisconsin and full-power TV, Class A, TV translator, and LPTV stations in North Carolina and South Carolina, will file their license renewal applications.  Until recently, stations filing renewals would have had to begin airing pre-filing announcements on two months before their filing deadline – thus stations with an August 3 filing date would have had to start those announcements on June 1.  But that obligation has been abolished.    This requirement was temporarily waived in April and subsequently eliminated in May as part of the FCC’s broadcast local public notice proceeding, which we wrote about here.  Stations must still, as noted above, air post-filing announcements.  Note that the new rules on local public notice will change the timing and content of post-filing announcements.  But, until the new rules become effective, stations should continue following the current post-filing announcement requirements.

The FCC will hold its Open Meeting on June 9 and there is one item in particular that will interest TV stations that have adopted or plan to adopt the ATSC 3.0 (Next Gen TV) standard.  Acknowledging that the surplus spectrum unlocked by 3.0 transmission is often not used to its full potential, the Commission will consider an item that, if adopted, should ease TV stations’ worries about teaming with other stations in their market to offer so-called Broadcast Internet” services This ruling would clarify that stations that partner to lease their spectrum for IP-based data delivery are not subject to the Commission’s attribution and ownership rules (the FCC envisions one scenario where a non-broadcaster leases spectrum from a consortium of broadcasters in one or more markets to create a local, regional, or national data delivery footprint).  Also up for consideration is a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment generally on other ways the Commission can change its rules to promote Broadcast Internet services and, more specifically, on how broadcasters might use Broadcast Internet services and the rule changes needed to make those ideas reality.  We took a deeper look at Broadcast Internet and the FCC’s proposals in our article here.

Notwithstanding the virus’s disruption of much of daily life, the FCC is still moving forward with many proposed rule changes and accepting comments in ongoing proceedings—and June has six dates to watch.  First, reply comments in the FCC’s TV White Spaces proceeding are due June 2.  That proceeding looks to potentially increase the coverage of unlicensed “white spaces devices” offering wireless services in unused portions of the television band.  See our article here for a summary of the FCC proposals.

Comments are due by June 12 in the FCC’s Distributed Transmission System (DTS) proceeding.  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks input on technical changes to the DTS rules that could give TV broadcasters more flexibility as they deploy the ATSC 3.0 standard.  We wrote here about some of the specific questions being asked in the NPRM.  Interested parties can submit comments in MB docket number 20-74.

On or before June 12, comments are due in the FCC’s annual regulatory fee proceeding.  The Commission is seeking comment on its proposed fees for all of its regulated entities including broadcasters.  It also asks for ideas for relief the FCC can extend to licensees that are suffering COVID-19-related financial hardship.  We wrote briefly here about the questions asked in the NPRM.  Reply comments are due on or before June 29.

Reply comments are due by June 15 in the FCC’s Significant Viewing proceeding.  As we wrote about here, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looks at updating the methodology for determining whether a station is “significantly viewed” in a community outside of its local market, and thus may be treated as a local station in that community for certain broadcast carriage purposes.  You can read the comments that were submitted in the first round of commenting and submit replies here.

Finally, on June 22, comments are due in the FCC’s video description proceeding (for those unfamiliar, video description refers to the insertion in TV programming of spoken narration of what is happening on the screen to aid blind or visually impaired persons).  This proceeding seeks comment on expanding the video description rules to require more stations to provide described programming.  Under the current rules, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC stations in the top 60 TV markets have to deliver 50 hours of video-described programming per quarter during prime time or children’s programming and an additional 37.5 hours of video-described programming per quarter between 6 a.m. and midnight.  The FCC is looking to expand these requirements to television markets 61 through 100 starting January 1, 2021, followed by an additional 10 TV markets each year for the next four years.  See our summary of the FCC’s proposals, here.  Comments can be submitted in MB docket number 11-43.

Stay tuned to the blog throughout the month for highlights of what else is happening in the world of broadcast law and regulation.  And, as always, be sure to talk to your own counsel and advisors about these issues and about any other dates that might be of importance to your operations.

 

 

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