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Do Your Homework Before The Auction

The FCC has postponed accepting applications for its incentive spectrum auction until the fall of 2015 and now expects to start the auction in early 2016. While the delay is designed to allow time for the courts to address some of the thorny issues surrounding the process, all stations would be well served to take advantage of this time to conduct their own due diligence. Here are a few of the questions facing both auction applicants and stations affected by spectrum repacking.


By Mary Collins
TVNewsCheck, November 14


Last month we saw some significant developments in the FCC’s spectrum auction plans. They include the FCC’s first documentation on how much it may pay a TV station as part of the “reverse auction” that will occur before that spectrum can be sold in a “forward auction” to wireless carriers for an estimated $45 billion. [read more]


Distance Learning Seminars/Webinars

Thursday, December 11
Television Music Licensing
SESAC Antitrust Suit Agreement
Speakers: Will Hoyt and Alixandra Steier, TMLC

Thursday, January 22
Cyber Security
Speakers: Melissa Ventrone, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelmann & Dicker LLP; and Sean Letz, ACE Group

CFO Summit

February 26-27, 2015
Hilton Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Media Finance Focus 2015
May 18-20, 2015
The Arizona Grand Resort
Phoenix, AZ


There are companies obtaining registration lists from public sources-do not respond to these solicitations concerning room reservations.  In order to secure a room at The Arizona Grand you must book through the proper official channel as provided—Through the housing link or calling The Arizona Grand  direct.  Both can be found on this website under Hotel Information or Hotel Reservations.

Housing block “pirates” now routinely “poach” event attendees and exhibitors!
The pirating companies gather group’s contact information from published or online directories. They call attendees leaving the impression that they are “official” housing. They will also frequently cite an imminent sell-out of the block while urging you to secure housing immediately. Another tactic is to offer a room rate that is significantly less than the official rate. Offered rooms may be at the The Arizona Grand or at other properties. Please do not respond to these solicitations.


Links to Regulations and Advice on Political Advertising

A Broadcaster's Guide to Washington Issues

Election Assistance Commission
Federal Communications Commission Political Programming
Federal Communications Commission Electioneering Communications Database
Federal Election Commission
Federal Elections Commission - Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations
Statutes and Rules on Candidate Appearances & Advertising

Politics 2014: Local Market TV and the next Political Cycle
TVB Guide to 2014 Political Races & DMAs
2014 Political Advertising Handbook for Radio Sales and Management 
   (by RAB and Erwin Krasnow & John Wells King)
Political Advertising Handbook for the Television Sales Executive 
   (by Erwin Krasnow & John Wells King)
Political Broadcasting (Broadcast Law Blog by David Oxenford)

NAB offers a number of special resources and forms covering political advertising.
Please see the links below to visit the NAB Store.

·         NAB Political Broadcast Catechism, 17th Edition

·         Political Broadcast Forms - PB 18











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