Arizona Broadcasters Association

Webinar: Political Broadcasting with The FCC’s Bobby Baker

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • Online

Webinar: Political Broadcasting with The FCC’s Bobby Baker

Thursday, January 18th at 12:00 p.m. (MST)
Presented by Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth

The FCC’s political guru, Bobby Baker, joins Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorneys Frank Montero, Dan Kirkpatrick and Scott Johnson to help broadcasters get themselves ready for election season.

As election season looms, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, along with the Colorado Broadcasters Association will be hosting a webinar devoted to a practical overview of the FCC’s political broadcasting rules. The Arizona Broadcasters Association has paid for our membership base to attend this webinar.

Presenting will be FHH attorneys Frank Montero, Dan Kirkpatrick and Scott Johnson, who will be joined by Bobby Baker, long-time head of the FCC’s political programming staff.  Bobby is the FCC’s primary authority on political broadcasting. The program will include written materials and illustrations that will be available for download.  Topics addressed will include:

  • Lowest unit rate calculation for various classes of time and dayparts.
  • Equal Opportunities (sometimes called equal time) requirements and what programs are “exempt” ?
  • Are political ads streamed on the internet affected?
  • When can broadcasters edit or turn down political ads?
  • How to handle “issue” ads from PACs, an expected big revenue source in 2018?
  • What political file recordkeeping is needed to avoid complaints and fines?
  • What are requirements for uploading of political files to the FCC’s “publicly” available website?
  • How can uploading of a political file potentially hurt a station?



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