John represents broadcasters, financial institutions, and investors in a wide variety of complex regulatory, corporate, and transactional matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is highly skilled at advising buyers, sellers, lenders, and equity investors on FCC regulatory requirements, playing a leading role in numerous broadcast mergers and acquisitions, complex investment restructurings, and financings. John also has extensive experience counseling clients on digital television technology issues, most notably in connection with the FCC's proposed transition to the new ATSC 3.0 television transmission standard. As an industry next generation leader, he received the Bayliss Broadcaster Award for his contributions to the radio industry, and over the last decade has served as a panelist and speaker at various industry events hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and other industry groups.
- Represents broadcasters, including major radio and television group owners, before the FCC on matters including: spectrum auctions, station construction and licensing, license renewals, facilities modifications, technical and interference issues, compliance with FCC multiple ownership and attribution rules, foreign ownership, children's programming, political advertising, program content issues, station contests, closed captioning, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) requirements, and other FCC regulations affecting day-to-day station operation.
- Represents buyers, sellers, financial institutions, and investors in broadcast transactional matters, including the structuring of transactions, due diligence, and the negotiation and completion of station acquisitions and financing.
- Structures and documents mergers, acquisitions, joint arrangements (including joint sales agreements and shared services agreements), and other operational and content agreements for media clients.
- Counsels clients with respect to rulemaking and legislative initiatives impacting the mass media.
- Counsels consumer electronics manufacturers on FCC regulations affecting the rollout of digital television and digital radio products and services.
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
- Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory and Transactional Law and Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law (2018)
- Bayliss Broadcaster Award, John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation, for contributions to the radio industry (2003)
- AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability
J.D., magna cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law; Order of the Coif
M.S., S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
B.A., with honors, New Mexico State University
Notes and Comments Editor, Syracuse Law Review
Bar and Court Memberships
- District of Columbia Bar
- Supreme Court of the United States
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