Tag Archives: JSA

FCC Media Ownership Rule Changes Effective February 7, 2018; Comments Due March 9, 2018 on Proposals to Increase Broadcast Ownership Diversity

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation, Ownership Rules
The FCC’s Order on Reconsideration (Order) adopting sweeping changes to the media ownership rules has been published in the Federal Register. This establishes February 7, 2018 as the effective date for all but one of the rule changes adopted in the Order. As previously explained, the Order (i) eliminates the 42-year-old newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule; (ii)… Continue Reading

FCC Chairman Wheeler Circulates Proposed Media Ownership Rules

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated to his fellow Commissioners a proposed final rule in the 2010/2014 Quadrennial Media Ownership proceeding.  Based on an FCC fact sheet summarizing Chairman Wheeler’s proposal, the new rules would largely keep the existing media ownership regulations in place.  Although the proposed changes are few, some could be significant to… Continue Reading

Third Circuit Vacates Joint Sales Agreement Attribution Rule, Expresses Displeasure Regarding FCC Delay in Concluding Quadrennial Reviews, and Orders Mediation Regarding an Eligible Entity Definition

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation, Transactions
In what will no doubt become quickly known as Prometheus III, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has issued its opinion reviewing the latest of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) decisions (or lack of decisions) in the Quadrennial Review of its media ownership rules pursuant to Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications… Continue Reading

Broadcasters’ Media Ownership Challenge Heading Back to Third Circuit

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation
Broadcasters challenging the FCC’s 2010 quadrennial media ownership order (or lack thereof) are now facing their third time presenting arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Just over a week before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case known as… Continue Reading

FCC Acts to Attribute Television JSAs and Prohibit Joint Retransmission Consent Agreements; Initiates 2014 Quadrennial Ownership Review

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) today took actions that implicate media ownership and television retransmission consent negotiations.  The FCC adopted: Orders that will: (1) make television joint sales agreements (JSAs) attributable where a brokering station sells more than 15% of the advertising time for a brokered station; and (2) effectively prohibit top-four television… Continue Reading

Media Bureau Issues JSA/SSA Processing Guidance

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation
Citing a recent uptick in the number of proposed television transactions that include same-market sharing arrangements, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Media Bureau issued a Public Notice on March 12, 2014, aimed at providing broadcasters with guidance as to how the Bureau will process applications for proposed transactions that couple sharing arrangements with… Continue Reading

What’s Next For Television Joint Sales Agreements, Shared Services Agreements, and Joint Retransmission Negotiations?

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation
A fierce battle is shaping up in DC about relationships into which same-market broadcasters may enter.  In one corner are FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the cable industry, and several “public interest” groups (although, as noted below, some have accused Chairman Wheeler of not going far enough).  In the other corner are the two Republican FCC… Continue Reading

Wiley’s Word: Media Ownership Review – First, Do No Harm

Posted in Broadcast Attribution, Broadcast Regulation
Based on my experience as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and as a long-time Washington D.C. communications lawyer, I know something about media ownership regulations.  It was under my stewardship that, in 1975, the agency adopted rules prohibiting the common ownership of a newspaper and radio or television stations in the same market –… Continue Reading