Ajit Pai was just renominated and confirmed as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and there are a number of pivotal policy items ahead on his agenda. Our resident FCC watcher, Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota, joins to help us understand what’s in store and what the stakes are. First, he explains the reality behind President Trump’s threat to revoke NBC’s television license. Then he tackles the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Company’s television stations, detailing the maneuvers required for the FCC to approve it, and what it means for local news.
Finally, Paul and Eric reflect on the vitally important role radio is playing for local communities that are suffering natural disasters, like the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the wildfires in Northern California.
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- Prof. Christopher Terry’s first appearance on the show: Podcast #7 – The FCC’s Legacy of Failure with Media Ownership Policy
- Can your local radio announcer pronounce your city’s name? Chris Terry on the Telecommunications Act of 1996
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