WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s stunning election as President of the United States, people in every industry are asking, “What does this mean?”
Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney John Garziglia addresses that question with Radio World. While few broadcaster issues are partisan, Garziglia said Trump’s administration could lead to marketplace changes for the radio industry.
“If a Trump presidency continues to be the 24/7 reality show that was his campaign, that bodes well for radio and TV programming,” Garziglia said. “Possibly we will finally see successful left-wing talk radio as a result of the fodder generated by Trump’s policies and unpredictability.”
In addition, the new administration may challenge and confront media outlets that present him in an unfavorable light, Garziglia said.
“Broadcasters may have to decide how strong are their First Amendment and independent journalism values if so threatened for programming considered contrary to the best interests of the new administration. I sincerely hope it does not come to that as I never wish to see a broadcaster’s economic well-being threatened for its exercise of free speech but we should be prepared for such adversity,” he said.
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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