Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act on Thursday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The vote follows last month’s unanimous approval of similar legislation by the House of Representatives, and clears the way for the full Senate to consider the act.
Raycom, Gray Television Agree To Merge
Gray and Raycom are combining their companies in $3.6 billion deal. In a statement released in the 7am hour, Eastern, on Monday (6/25), Gray and Raycom said the “transformative transaction will create the single largest owner of top-rated local TV stations and digital assets in the country.”
Senate Commerce Approves Starks Nomination to FCC
The Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of Geoffrey Starks to succeed Mignon Clyburn as Democratic commissioner on the FCC.
FCC Agrees More Data Needed Before Opening C-Band To New Users
The Federal Communications Commission may be moving toward opening the C-band spectrum where radio currently pulls programming and content from satellites circling the Earth. But in a draft order set for a vote July 12, the Commission is largely embracing broadcasters’ request that it first take stock of exactly what’s happening in the mid-band before allowing wireless companies to move in and begin building commercial mobile broadband services.
Entercom Pulling Stations From TuneIn
As of July 6 all legacy Entercom stations will move over to Radio.com, the digital app Entercom picked up as part of the merger with CBS Radio. All legacy CBS Radio stations will be pulled off TuneIn by August 1. In a memo to staff Monday, CEO David Field said, “We are committed to making Radio.com a leader in the digital audio space.”