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February 17, 2021

FCC to Hold Auction for Radio Construction Permits in 2021

The FCC recently announced an auction of 136 FM and AM broadcast construction permits across the country and is currently seeking comment on the competitive bidding procedures. This auction may seem familiar; the auction was slated to take place last year, but was delayed due to the pandemic. 
February 4, 2021

PBS Execs Upbeat About Financial Outlook, New Arts Programs

Speaking before TV critics and writers Tuesday, PBS President Paula Kerger expressed optimism about PBS finances and support for public broadcasting’s federal funding under the administration of President Biden. Many public TV stations are reporting strong membership revenues, and prospects for stability in federal funds are good, Kerger said during a virtual executive session that opened PBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Kerger and other press tour panelists discussed PBS’ commitment to diversity in programming, including two new initiatives to commission work from diverse filmmakers. 
February 4, 2021

The Integrity and Ethics of Broadcast Engineers

I am moved to write about a matter now before the Media Bureau at the FCC. The subject is the ethical obligations of broadcast engineers. Having served as SBE general counsel for 40 years now, I can count on one hand the number of times that the SBE board of directors has found it necessary to revoke an engineer’s SBE membership, and still have some fingers left over.
January 20, 2021

Pai Says Farewell to FCC; Read His Statement

Chairman Ajit Pai issued this statement on departing the Federal Communications Commission today. Pai, a Republican, was named to the FCC by President Obama in 2012 and designated chairman by President Trump in 2017. Earlier he had worked for four years in legal roles in the general counsel office. He departs as President Biden takes office.
January 19, 2021

6 Remote Work Practices HR Needs to Bring on Site Now

When employees moved home to work, everything changed. But now some remote practices belong in the office, too. Most adjustments to our work habits were necessary. Some were more practical. And others were genius!
January 14, 2021

Public Media Mergers Playbook

We are entering a new era of journalism in which responsive, civically-minded local newsrooms engage with their communities to provide news and information that matters. Public media is an ally and anchor in the new local journalism landscape. This Playbook draws on a year of research to highlight one way public media stations and local, digital newsrooms can join forces to provide a new level of local service to their communities.
January 7, 2021

Community Broadcaster: Making Sense of Chaos

This week’s violent clashes in Washington have put the focus on one of community radio’s great challenges: what does a community media organization do when an evolving story grips the nation?
January 6, 2021

Lack Of Funding Hampers FCC From Implementing Tougher Pirate Radio Enforcement

Included in a federal law adopted last year that raised pirate fines to $2 million was a requirement that the agency send an annual update to Congress. The aim was to apprise lawmakers on what efforts were being done to combat pirate radio. The FCC has just sent its first report and it says more money will be needed to implement some of what the law requires.
January 5, 2021

10 Things Public Media Should Forget and Consider in 2021

2020 should be a lesson in the Yogi Berra quote: The future ain’t what it used to be. To think that life after 2020 will follow a linear path, you’d be kidding yourself. And the ripples of 2020 will continue long past this year. As I scan public media, I find myself asking: Will public media emerge stronger from the pandemic? It’s too early to answer that question, but this is a perfect moment for self-examination.
January 4, 2021

CPB Urges On-Time Completion of FY2020 Financial Documents

No one needs to be reminded that 2020 has been a tough year. In times like these, Congress considers additional funding to help public broadcasting stations weather a tough economy. Please submit audited financial reports (AFRs) and Station Activity Surveys (SASs) on time. Television stations and joint licensees are urged to submit their SABS by January 15, 2021, one month ahead of the normal deadline. Institutional licensees should note that Indirect Administrative Support methodology has changed for FY 2020 with the goal to reduce time and errors, and provide consistency.  Details can be found in these three documents: CPB IAS Standard Method InstructionsCPB IAS Standard Method Excel SpreadsheetCPB Webinar Training and Presentations