May 02 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—Currently, the FCC is conducting its Quadrennial Review Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which will decide whether to keep or amend existing federal broadcast station ownership rules.

Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia is representing Urban One in providing input to the FCC. In a statement, Urban One said the company supports keeping the existing radio ownership rules in place as “they will continue to foster service to the public, a diversity of ownership, and a competitive radio market landscape that would be at risk of being forever lost should the largely unfettered ownership of radio stations be allowed without any FCC restraints.”

Urban One is the largest radio, television and digital content provider focusing on the African-American market. Some industry insiders have said changes to the radio ownership rules could negatively impact African-American and other minority station owners.

Likewise, the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) also supports keeping the existing ownership rules, including AM subcaps.

Radio+Television Business Report recently covered these latest developments in the Quadrennial Review debate. Click here to read “Lines in the Sand on Radio’s Possible Deregulation” in Radio+Television Business Report (subscription required).

John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.

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