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Biography for Monty Tayloe

Monty Tayloe, Associate Editor, covers broadcasting and the Federal Communications Commission for Communications Daily. He joined Warren Communications News in 2013, after spending 10 years covering crime and local politics for Virginia regional newspapers and a turn in television as a communications assistant for the PBS NewsHour. He’s a Virginia native who graduated Fork Union Military Academy and the College of William and Mary. You can follow Tayloe on Twitter: @MontyTayloe .

Recent Articles by Monty Tayloe

Standard General founder Soohyung Kim is “optimistic” regulators will approve the company's proposed $8.6 billion buy of Tegna before Feb. 22, the merger agreement date on which Tegna can choose to pull out of the deal or trigger a 50% increase in the ongoing ticking fee, increasing the purchase price, he said on a press call Monday. Friday was the end of an FCC comment period on concessions offered by Standard (see 2301170064), and the company told the agency it doesn’t object to those concessions being codified as merger conditions, though it resisted requests from MVPDs and public interest groups. New Tegna would be the nation’s second-largest broadcaster by revenue, Kim said.Read More >>

Broadcasters largely support a proposal to allow higher digital FM power levels, though some are cautious about possible interference, according to comments posted last week in docket 22-405 on a petition for rulemaking from NAB and Xperi (see 2210270061). The petition asked the agency to amend its rules on in-band/on-channel (IBOC) digital audio broadcasting to adopt an updated formula to determine digital FM power levels for stations. “Comprehensive interference protection for existing, incumbent analog stations must be adopted as part of any potential rule changes to digital FM power levels,” said broadcaster Howard Toole. Commenters also supported a 2019 request from NAB, Xperi and NPR to permanently authorize FM radio stations to utilize IBOC with asymmetric sideband power levels.Read More >>

Tech Freedom, the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and others disagree whether a Federal Election Commission proposal to broaden the definition of internet political advertising is an assault on free speech or a needed update to political ad regulation, according to comments posted this week in docket REG-2023-01. The new definition would potentially include payments to social media influencers -- such as cable and broadcast hosts -- and other indirect online promotion.Read More >>