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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

Push to Refresh Record on MVPD Streaming Services Has Uncertain Future

An NAB request for the FCC to refresh the record on the state of the streaming industry could get some traction at the agency, but reviving the long-dormant proceeding on reclassifying streaming services as MVPDs and generating the same retransmission consent dollars that now come from cable companies would likely be a much heavier lift, said broadcasters and network executives. “You don’t need a commission vote to refresh the record,” said former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, now a partner at Cooley, which represents broadcast affiliate groups and broadcasters such as Gray Television. The big four TV networks aren’t interested in refreshing the record and believe the current system of compensating affiliates for streaming rights works, a network executive told us.Read More >>

Broadcasters Uncertain About Downturn, Say Executives

Some broadcasters are seeing lower than expected political advertising and possible continued shortages in the auto industry, plus are certain how an economic downturn will affect their businesses, executives from iHeartMedia, Gray Television and Sinclair Broadcast said on Q3 earnings calls this week. “We are truly disappointed that several unexpected factors will keep us from hitting our previous guidance” on political advertising for 2022, said Gray co-CEO Hilton Howell, noting the results for Q3 are still up 30% from political ad results for Q3 2018, the last midterm election year.Read More >>

Unions Call Standard/Tegna 'Dead'; Deal Faces Upcoming Ticking Fee

Unions opposing the Standard General/Tegna deal said Friday the companies' recent document submissions to the Media Bureau show Standard hasn’t been truthful with the FCC about its intention to cut jobs at Tegna, but the buyer said the groups are just rehashing their previous arguments. According to the acquisition agreement, there’s about a month left before -- if the purchase hasn’t been approved -- a “ticking fee” takes effect that will raise the cost per share of Tegna at a rate that increases the longer the deal lingers. The FCC has traditionally sought to avoid being the cause of triggering such provisions, broadcast attorneys told us. Responses from Standard and the other parties to Thursday’s supplementary filings from the unions are due Thursday.Read More >>

Unanimous Approval Expected for FCC Emergency Alerting Cybersecurity NPRM

A draft NPRM on proposals to increase cybersecurity requirements for wireless emergency alert and emergency alert system participants is expected to be unanimously approved at Thursday’s FCC commissioners' meeting, with few changes from the draft version, industry and FCC officials told us. The item seeks comment on proposals including cyberattack reporting rules and requirements that participants certify cybersecurity plans. No changes have been made so far, though a few tweaks are possible before the vote, officials said. Experts said they expect the agency to take likely costs of any new rules into consideration.Read More >>

CEOs Seek FCC Help on Broadcasting

Regulators and lawmakers need to create a more friendly regulatory environment for broadcasters if they want to preserve local journalism and continue living in a democracy, said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb and E.W. Scripps CEO Adam Symson at NAB New York Wednesday. Panels at the event also touched on cybercrime, the advertising market and ATSC 3.0.Read More >>