McCain Introduces Localism In Broadcasting Reform Act
February 16, 2005

Senator John McCain introduced the Localism in Broadcasting Reform Act of 2005 yesterday. The introduction comes on the heels of a press conference where the Arizona Republican admonished the broadcast industry for its lack of local political coverage.

If passed, the Localism in Broadcasting Reform Act would reduce the license term for broadcasters from eight to three years and require broadcasters to provide the FCC with information every three years on why their license should be renewed. Broadcasters would also be required to post information detailing their commitment to local public affairs programming on their Web sites.

A full review by all five FCC commissioners for five percent of all license and renewal applications would also be required. McCain's submission also calls for the FCC to complete its open proceeding on whether public interest obligations should apply to broadcasters in the digital era.

“I believe this legislation is a step in the right direction," said McCain. "It will have a small impact on those stations that are currently meeting their public interest obligations, but it should have a large impact on those citizens whose local broadcaster is not meeting its obligation to serve the local community. I refuse to believe that the public interest is served by three minutes of campaign coverage and a 12 second sound bite from a candidate during a half-hour local news program. Citizens deserve more from their local broadcaster.”



 
Breaking News
eQB NOW
The Week In Review: 1/26-1/30
Emmis-St. Louis Launches NOW96.3
Red Bull Records Partners With Sony Music For Worldwide Distribution
In Brief - January 30, 2015
January 29, 2015
Jim Lawson Expands Duties With iHeartMedia
Republic Records Promotes Brett Alperowitz To SVP/A&R, Casablanca Records
Univision Extends Contract Of President, CEO Randy Falco
In Brief - January 29, 2015
January 28, 2015
XAPPmedia, jâcapps Announce Partnership
Westwood One Ups Paul O’Malley To SVP Strategic Sales Partnerships
Entercom Rochester Promotes Emily Wild to Music Director/PM Drive At WPXY
SoundExchange Wraps Record-Setting Year With $773 Million In Payments To Recording Artists, Record Labels
WRWM-FM Introduces New Classic Hip Hop In Indianapolis
Sunday Night Slow Jams Heads to San Antonio, Cyprus and 12 New Affiliates
In Brief - January 28, 2015
January 27, 2015
Triton Digital, eXelate Develop First Streaming Audio Data Management Platform
SiriusXM Announces Sports And Entertainment Programming For Super Bowl Week
XL106.7/Orlando's Johnny Magic Gets His Revenge
In Brief - Jaunary 27, 2015
January 26, 2015
Joe Clair Returns To WPGC For Mornings
CBS Sports Radio To Broadcast Nearly 50 Hours Of Super Bowl Coverage
In Brief - January 26, 2015
January 23, 2015
eQB NOW
The Week In Review: 1/19-1/23
Music News
Katy Perry Has Big Plans For Super Bowl Halftime Show
The Week In Review: 1/26/-1/30
Quick Hits: Suge Knight, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Shakira, Passion Pit
More Artists Added to Grammy Week Celebrations
Quick Hits: Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Adam Lambert, Loudwire Music Festival, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson
Fall Out Boy Earns Third Chart-Topper
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Blink-182, Juno Awards / MAGIC!, Airbourne
Barker, Hoppus Talk Status Of Blink-182
Quick Hits: Sam Smith / Tom Petty, Chris Brown, John Legend & Common, Forecastle Festival
Slipknot Prepares For Summer's Last Stand
ThinkSay Records Signs Recording Artist Matt White
Quick Hits: Blink-182, Faith No More, Death Cab For Cutie, U2, Jason Mraz, AWOLNATION
Paramore Announce Spring Theater "Events"
The Week In Review: 1/19/-1/23
Quick Hits: Kanye West, The Black Keys, Rush, Nick Jonas
FMQB NOW

Jacent Jackson, PD
KITS/San Francisco

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!