Date/Time: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Location: The Encore Hotel, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

You won’t want to miss this epic event at the NAB Show in Las Vegas — capes optional!


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

David Giles, Chair, ABA Forum on Communications Law
Kathleen Kirby, Chair, Representing Your Local Broadcaster program
Lee Petro, President, Federal Communications Bar Association

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Panel:  With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility:  Broadcast Regulation – And Deregulation
Your friendly neighborhood panelists will guide you through the complicated web of FCC rules and regulations. Get up to date on the latest – whether the status of J. Jonah Jameson’s favorite—the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule (and the rest of the broadcast ownership rules)— the likely fate of the kidvid rules (and all those Saturday morning cartoons), EEO, sponsorship id, advertising (through large, bat-shaped spotlights or otherwise), recordkeeping, and more.  All that, and views from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau on how broadcasters should live a life of responsibility – just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they can’t be saved . . . or at least negotiate a reasonable consent decree.

Bill LeBeau, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC

Crystal Evans, Associate Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal, Washington, DC
Hannah Lepow, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC
Christopher Sova, Deputy Division Chief, FCC Enforcement Bureau, Washington, DC
Heidi Schmid Whiting, Vice President & General Counsel, Graham Media, Chicago, IL

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel:  We Must All Live in the Real World and Sometimes That Can Be Pretty Grim:  Covering Mass Shootings
This panel will address covering mass shootings and the interplay among journalists, law enforcement and the judiciary.  Participants will bring to bear their different viewpoints, focusing on the Las Vegas and Parkland shootings, each of which has resulted in active litigation.  Join us for a thoughtful discussion about how best to balance the public’s right to know with the state’s interest in prosecuting the offender and protecting the privacy of victims.

Mark Bailen, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Washington DC

Joe Bartels, KTNV 13 Action News, Las Vegas, NV
Judge Andre M. Davis, City Solicitor, Baltimore, MD
Dana J. McElroy, Thomas & LoCicero PL, Fort Lauderdale, FL

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Panel:  It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s the Federal Trade Commission!
The FCC isn’t the only agency regulating how broadcasters do business.  From consumer protection and competition to advertising, data and privacy, the internet of things and fintech, the FTC is guarding against would be Lex Luthors attempting to perpetrate a hoax.  Those who fight for truth, justice, and the broadcasting way should familiarize themselves with where the FTC is focusing.  Easy—we’ve got you—join us as we hear directly from a key member of the FTC staff about the agency’s regulatory priorities.

Daniel Kaufman, Deputy Director, Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection, Washington, DC

Jack Goodman, Law Offices of Jack N. Goodman, Washington, DC
Kathleen Kirby, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Panel:  Just Because Something Works Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be Improved:  Hot Topics in Radio

Radio has been a hero to local communities for decades.  Have recent deregulatory actions, such as elimination of the main studio rule, made radio stronger?  Was passage of the Music Modernization Act a victory?  Are there villains lurking in streaming and digital platforms? What’s on tap at the FCC, and will we see further deregulation of local radio ownership rules?  Your mighty shield will be at the ready after this spirited discussion about what how to best represent radio stations, including some laser-vision insight into the upcoming renewal cycle.

Lee Petro, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington, DC
David O’Connor, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, DC

Laura Berman, Senior Counsel, Entercom Communications Corp., Washington, DC
Coe Ramsey, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, Raleigh, NC
Dawn Sciarrino, Sciarrino & Schubert, Washington, DC
Albert Shuldiner, Chief, Federal Communications Commission Audio Division, Washington, DC

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Panel:  We’re in the End Game Now:  Hot Topics in Television
Knowledge will be your armor when you learn from our distinguished group of panelists about the key regulatory issues facing the television industry.  The answers you seek shall be yours as you hear the latest on the broadcast spectrum repack, the future of LPTV, ATSC 3.0, as well as how television broadcasters are looking at increased DOJ scrutiny and potential changes to the media ownership rules.  And Holy Online Public File – are we ready for renewals?  Our Television Industry Avengers will share intelligence that can be used for the greater good, including the latest practical advice about distributing and protecting content when multichannel video programming distributors come to bargain.

Christina Burrow, Cooley LLP, Washington, DC
Davina Sashkin, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, PLC, Washington, DC

Michael Beder, Associate General Counsel, TEGNA, McLean, VA
Robert Folliard, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Gray Television, Washington, DC
Evan Morris, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Communications Commission Video Division, Washington, DC
Joan Stewart, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Program Information

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