iHeartMedia Again Makes Case For Class A AM Stations In Meeting With FCC's O'Reilly On AM Revitalization
July 21, 2015 at 4:00 AM (PT)
iHEARTMEDIA CEO BOB PITTMAN, Pres./CFO RICH BRESSLER, and Sr. Dir./Government Affairs DAN DUKES again made their case on AM revitalization in an ex parte meeting with FCC Commissioner MIKE O'RIELLY and his legal advisor AMY BENDER on JULY 13th in NEW YORK.
In the ex parte memo filed with the FCC, the key talking points addressed include a plea not to reduce interference protections for Class A stations, which, the iHEART team asserted, "would harm, not revitalize the AM band"; allowing equal participation by all AM stations in any AM‐only FM translator window; and authorization of all‐digital AM operations only on an experimental basis, noting that "as a percentage, there are very few HD radios in the marketplace."
iHEART's EVP/Engineering and Systems Integration JEFF LITTLEJOHN made a similar ex parte presentation to Media Bureau Chief WILLIAM T. LAKE, Associate Chief HOLLY SAURER, Audio Division Chief PETER DOYLE, and other Commission staffers in MAY (NET NEWS 5/15).