NAB challenges parts of FCC’s plan for spectrum auction

The National Association of Broadcasters filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Monday to challenge part of the FCC's spectrum incentive auction order filed last week. NAB said it had no alternative but to file the lawsuit because the order as written could leave broadcasters footing the bill for tower relocation and other expenses when the spectrum is repacked. NAB also aims to have the court direct the FCC to drop a study that it plans to do ahead of repacking to determine broadcasters' coverage areas. NAB said following the study, which would use a different methodology from previous surveys, could harm its members. "Under this new methodology, many broadcast television licensees, including NAB's members, will lose coverage area and population served during the auction's repacking and reassignment process, or be forced to participate in the auction (and relinquish broadcast spectrum rights)," the lawsuit reads. Continue Reading

Join a webinar today on audio levels with Adam Ragusea, presented by AIR and PRX

Current contributor Adam Ragusea's July commentary "Why you're doing audio levels wrong, and why it really does matter" has become one of our most popular posts in recent months. Today Public Radio Exchange and the Association of Independents in Radio continue the conversation with a webinar on audio levels hosted by Ragusea and American Public Media technical coordinator Rob Byers, whom Ragusea interviewed for his Current piece. The hourlong session starts at 1 p.m. Eastern time; register here. Continue Reading

Monday roundup: Downton gaffe draws laughs; TechCrunch profiles Matter

• A publicity photo from the fifth season of Downton Abbey made the rounds on the Internet for all the wrong reasons. The shot of stars Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael featured an anachronistic plastic water bottle perched on a mantle. Producer ITV has since removed the shot from its press site, according to the BBC, and it's also vanished from PBS's pressroom. "You had one job, guys. One job," Buzzfeed wrote. Continue Reading