Broadcasters Can't Halt Advertiser ID Searches

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By Kelcee Griffis (February 25, 2022, 6:25 PM EST) — A trio of broadcaster groups can’t stave off rules intended to unmask foreign governments that are sponsoring programs on U.S. airwaves, the D.C. Circuit ordered Friday.

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters failed to convince the appeals court that the FCC’s rules requiring stations to search for and disclose foreign government sponsors among their advertisers should be paused while litigation plays out over the rules’ eventual fate.

“Petitioners have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review,” the court said.

Last April, the FCC passed the…

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