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Few areas of the law are as heavily regulated by the federal government as those surrounding over-the-air radio and television. Navigating this complex web requires skilled, specific legal counsel.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with all manner of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation and compliance. We regularly negotiate broadcast station sales, acquisitions and ownership combinations under FCC's evolving rules and policies; complete FCC-compliant due diligence for mergers, acquisitions and re-financings; help broadcasters ensure compliance with FCC station ownership anti-trust and competition regulations; complete transactions on behalf of foreign ownership groups; provide strategic input for facility improvements; defend challenges to applications; seek special relief for unusual situations; and give day-to-day advice on broadcast station compliance with all FCC regulations, including political broadcasts, contests and lotteries, indecency and children's television. When confronted with issues involving other areas of legal practice, such as antitrust, real estate matters, personnel issues and taxation, we are able to draw upon the wide-spread experience of our entire firm.
We also provide legal representation in the areas of video on demand, direct broadcast satellite and satellite radio and Internet Protocol television (IPTV), both in regulatory compliance as well as in business transactional matters.
Our team of attorneys routinely assists clients with AM, FM and TV license renewals, network affiliation and programming agreements, equal employment opportunity compliance, digital broadcast transitions, newspaper/broadcast station combinations, and negotiations of mergers and acquisitions of station groups.
Our attorneys frequently speak at national and state broadcaster conventions and represent various state broadcaster associations. This helps us stay in touch with the real world issues that affect radio and television broadcasters. We also have extensive networks of contacts with brokers and engineers, with whom we work closely to fashion meaningful solutions to the diverse and challenging issues our clients often face.
Our Radio and Television experience includes: