Full coverage of the Strange v Entercom trial is found at SueWilsonReports.com

Action Alert! Inspect Public Files for Letters - Before it is Too Late!

January 12, 2017


ACTION:   Visit your local radio and TV stations between now and January 30 and get copies of every letter in their public files. This will form a repository for future actions, if warranted.


Why? January 31, the Federal Communications Commission will have its first meeting under the administration of Donald J. Trump. There is only one issue on the agenda: whether or not to require broadcasters to keep letters from the public in their public files. With a 2-1 Republican majority, this important rule is likely to disappear entirely.
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Republicans and the broadcast industry have wanted to rid themselves of this requirement for years, but here is why it matters to all of us: We the People own the broadcast airwaves (which is why stations have to report to us in the first place.) But if a station is behaving badly, if they are using our airwaves for hate or lies or even to kill people, We have the the right to complain and to make those complaints available for public scrutiny. It is the only way to ascertain a pattern of bad behavior from stations sworn by law to look out for our interests.

Stakes are Rising in Our License Challenge of KDND and Entercom Sacramento

The build-up to what amounts to a trial over whether Entercom Communications will retain the license to CHR “107.9 The End” KDND, Sacramento continues took a pair of new twists this week. "

See:
http://www.insideradio.com/free/confidential-info-is-latest-issue-in-kdnd-license-hearing/article_2496e284-d895-11e6-b0a6-e3f307f6a6a2.html

FCC: KDND Must Go to Trial to Defend its License Over Water Drinking Contest Death

    
The Media Action Center is now spearheading the case to clearly define public interest obligations in broadcasting. (Please read the case below, you will see why it is so important.)  I am not exaggerating when I tell you this case will end up at the Supreme Court.  Very soon, I will be asking for your help, as we need to do this together. Stay tuned.

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db1027/FCC-16-153A1.pdf

FCC Orders Hearing Over KDND License Challenge

October 28, 2016

     HUGE news! The FCC has ordered a hearing over the Media Action Center Petition to Deny the broadcast license of Entercom's KDND over the reckless water drinking stunt they carried out which took the life of Sacramento resident Jennifer Strange.
     From AllAccess Music Group:
"Harshly criticizing the licensee for its conduct, the notice contends that 'ENTERCOM’s actions relating to the Contest suggest an active indifference to the contestants’ safety, as evidenced by the negligence verdict and the licensee’s refusal, apparently at the direction of its parent, to warn the other contestants in the wake of Ms. STRANGE’s death, placing its corporate self-interest over their safety and well-being.'"

See: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/159176/fcc-designates-license-renewal-for-entercom-s-kdnd?ref=mail_recap

Tell Candidates: Threaten to Sue TV Stations Over Lying Political Ads

March 1, 2016

For years, I've been working on the "Public Interest Obligations" of broadcasters. What exactly does it mean that TV and Radio stations are required to "serve the public interest" as a requirement of their licensing? 

One issue I have written about over the years are political ads that blatantly lie to We the People over the very airwaves that are sworn to serve us. I've suggested that We the People start a class action suit against the stations, but have been told by attorneys that we have no standing to file such a case. 

But candidates themselves do have such standing, and I've just written an article about Ted Cruz threatening to sue TV stations over third party ads he says lie about him. Now that he has complained to the station, that media outlet will have to fact check the ad to make certain it is true, something they should be doing in the first case, given that TV stations stand to make $4.4 Billion in this 2016 election cycle alone.

So here's our action: write to candidates of your choice and ask them to threaten to sue the TV Stations over lying political ads. 

It's a simple and effective way to clean up our elections and take the bite out of the Citizens United teeth.

Holding Local Broadasters Accountable to the Public Interest - Film and Workshop at Occupy National Gathering 2014

July 31, 2014
For Immediate Release
contact: Sue Wilson
sue@mediaactioncenter.net

Holding Local Broadasters Accountable to the Public Interest -
Film and Workshop at Occupy National Gathering 2014

Friday, August 1, Sacramento area documentary filmmaker and activist Sue Wilson will screen her film "Broadcast Blues" and will conduct a hands on workshop at the Occupy National Gathering 2014 to teach people how to hold their local radio and TV stations accountable to their public interest obligations.  The workshop will focus on the intersection of money, politics, and profits from political advertising on radio and TV.

"Sacramento stations made more than $600,000 from political ads just in the 2014 primary season, and many of those ads are not even true" says Wilson. "Nationwide this fall, TV stations are expected to rake in $3 billion - that's billion with a 'B.'  We need to ensure all our local stations are providing us with factual political information, and not just Madison Avenue hype."

The workshop will be held in room 447 of the State Capitol from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.  The public is invited.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai Gloats Over Zapple Decision

July 29, 2014

It has just come to my attention that GOP FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wrote an oped gloating over the FCC's Zapple Decision.  Trouble is, he does not well understand the underpinnings of the decision.  Compare his piece here: http://www.redstate.com/2014/05/30/protecting-free-speech-fcc-regulation/   with the piece I wrote in the BRAD BLOG: http://www.suewilsonreports.com/2014/05/may-19-2014-originally-published-at.html
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PS: I have asked Mr. Pai to speak with the FCC Media Bureau to get them to send me the decision.  It has been two months and I still have not received anything from the FCC about this.  This is especially significant when you realize that as a private citizen, I had to file the Petitions to Deny the Licenses of WTMJ and WISN on paper (via Federal Express.)  The corporate citizens Clear Channel and Journal Communications, on the other hand, had no such burden. They can file electronically.