A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the sweeping bill, which contains comprehensive music licensing reforms. The Music Modernization Act today was introduced in the Senate, co-sponsored by Senators from both parties. The bill mirrors the proposed legislation already entered into the House of Representatives in that it calls for a blanket mechanical license to be administered by a new yet-to-be-created agency, which is intended to benefit both music publishers and songwriters as well as digital services.
The false ballistic missile warning on Jan. 13 in Hawaii has raised important questions about America’s emergency alerting apparatus and the best practices for keeping citizens informed during times of crisis. Currently, Hawaiian public safety officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and Congress are reviewing what went wrong and how to prevent mistakes in the future.
For a tenth year, Jacobs Media trekked to Las Vegas to troll the mammoth CES convention, prowling for the newest innovations and tech trends that will impact the radio business. In a partnership with Inside Radio, Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs outlined 10 timely takeaways for radio during a webinar last week. Following are Jacobs’ 10 Things We Learned At CES (That Impact Radio)
In December 2017, Facebook started out the latest round of algorithm updates by announcing plans to demote “engagement bait” and pages that regularly use posts with calls to like, comment or share simply for the sake of generating higher engagement numbers. This means posts with little added value for audiences, such as “Like if you’re glad it’s Friday,” won’t get as much reach. That doesn’t mean pages can no longer encourage conversation.
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly hopes and prays that the FCC will reconsider its "Kid Vid" rules, but today they are still just as much in place as ever. In a new blog post, O'Rielly is proposing the FCC rethink what he calls its "ineffective and burdensome requirements currently imposed on our nation’s broadcasters to air a certain amount of educational and informational children’s programming on a weekly basis." That is the requirement that TV stations air at least three hours per week of core educational/informational children's TV programming in at least 30-minute blocks.