David Oxenford has represented broadcasters for over 35 years on a wide array of matters from the negotiation and structuring of station purchase and sale agreements to regulatory matters. His regulatory expertise includes all areas of broadcast law including the FCC’s multiple ownership limitations, the political broadcasting rules, EEO policy, advertising issues, and other programming matters and FCC technical rules.
His clients range from family-owned broadcasters to active mid-market venture-backed companies to one of the largest noncommercial radio licensees in the country. In addition to representing station groups, David represents a number of state broadcast associations, the trade association for media brokers, program and service providers to the broadcast and digital media industry and banks and others providing financing to media companies.
David also represents webcasters and other digital media companies. He represents these companies on copyright, music licensing and other business and regulatory issues. He was counsel to the small webcasters group which negotiated the first Small Webcasters Agreement with the recording industry in 2002, represented webcasters who negotiated the Pureplay Webcasters Agreement in 2008, and represented webcasters in litigating sound recording performance royalties in both of the webcasting rate setting proceedings held by the Copyright Royalty Board which led to decisions in 2010 and 2015.
David is a regular speaker at broadcasting and digital media conferences, conventions and trade shows across the country, and regularly conducts webinars for many trade associations. He has also served as an expert witness on broadcasting and music licensing issues. For over 10 years, he has been the editor and principal writer of the Broadcast Law Blog, which is read by thousands of people each week.
He has been active internationally in counseling developing countries on the development of media laws embodying democratic principles.
Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Communications Law and Media Law (2011-2017)
Named a Super Lawyer in Communications (2012 -2016)
Honored as the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Associate Member of the Year, 2011
Federal Communications Bar Association, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Past Co-Chair of Mass Media Practice, Transactional Practice, Adjudicatory Practice and Continuing Legal Education Committees
First Vice President, Board of Advisors, Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program, College of William and Mary
David is the principal writer of the Broadcast Law Blog, which provides updates on broadcast and digital media legal issues, and is read by thousands of people each week. Go to www.broadcastlawblog.com to read David's Broadcast Law Blog.
On January 11, 2017, David and the Media Group published a 2017 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters, available here.
On November 30, 2016, David conducted a webinar for 22 state broadcast associations on digital and social media legal issues for broadcasters. The slides from that presentation are available here.
On November 17, 2016, David participated in three sessions at the Indiana Broadcasters Association convention in Carmel, Indiana – one on the use of drones by broadcasters, one on the online public file for radio stations, and one highlighting Washington issues of importance for broadcasters. The slides for the session on the online public file are available here.
On September 28, David was a co-presenter on a panel called Current Music Licensing Issues Created by Streaming Services at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Business Conference in Raleigh, NC.
On October 10, David spoke at two sessions at the Kansas Association of Broadcaster’s Annual Convention in Wichita, one as part of a panel called Changes in EAS and FCC Inspections, and a second as the presenter of a session called The Washington Regulatory Landscape for Broadcasters. Slides from the second session are available here.
David and Rachel Wolkowitz of the firm wrote an article called Don’t Ruin a Perfect Evening – Get the Appropriate Licenses for Radio and TV in Bars and Restaurants, published in the September/October edition of Landslide, the magazine published by the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. A copy of that article is available here.
On September 21, David presented a “Legal Snapshot: Issues for Audio Companies” at the RAIN (Radio and Internet Newsletter) Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. A copy of the slides from his presentation is available here
On August 12, 2016, David was one of two speakers at a session called Navigating Copyright Law and the New Webcasting Royalty Regime at the Texas Association of Broadcaster’s Annual Convention in Austin. Copies of the slide’s from his presentation are available here.
On June 30, 2016, David talked about the timing and legal issues involved in the repacking of the television spectrum following the incentive auction as part of a webinar sponsored by 12 state broadcast associations and NETA. The slides from his presentation are available here.
On June 26, 2016, David presented a Washington Update for Broadcasters to the Montana Broadcasters Association at their annual convention, held in Big Sky this year. The slides from his presentation are available here.
On June 23, 2016, David presented a Washington Update for Broadcasters to the Iowa Broadcasters Association Annual Convention at Des Moines.
On June 18, 2016, David presented a Washington Update for Broadcasters to the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters at their annual convention, held in Cheyenne this year.
On June 2, 2016, David conducted a webinar for 19 state broadcast associations on the Online Public Inspection File for radio stations. Slides from that presentation are available here.
On May 25, 2016, David presented a Washington Update for Broadcasters to the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention in Montpelier.
On May 23, 2016, David and NAB General Counsel Rick Kaplan conducted a Washington Update session on legal issues for media companies at the Media Financial Manager’s Annual Conference in Denver.
On April 19, 2016, David was a panelist on a panel called “Election 2016 – A Whole New Playbook for Political Advertising” at the NAB Show in Las Vegas
On March 30, 2016, David presented an FCC Update at the Oklahoma Broadcasters Annual Convention in Tulsa. On April 1, David conducted a one on one interview with FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly at the OAB Annual Convention
On April 17, 2016, David moderated a panel called “This Isn’t the Data You Are Looking For: Privacy, Marketing and Online Issues” at the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law Annual Representing Your Local Broadcaster Conference in Las Vegas
On April 17, 2016, David moderated a panel on Music Rights issues for webcasters at the Radio and Internet Newsletter’s Summit in Las Vegas.
On March 13, 2016, David presented two sessions for the College Media Association’s Annual Convention in New York City – one a session on FCC Requirements for College Radio, and a second on Digital Media Legal Issues for College Media
On February 3, 2016, David was a panelist on the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar on the FCC’s political broadcasting rules.
On January 14, 2016, David and the Media Group published a 2016 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters, available here.
July 23, 2014 - Indiana Broadcasters Annual Meeting, Presenter, “An FCC Legal Update for Broadcasters,” Indianapolis.
July 16, 2014 (recorded) - NAB Webcast, Panelist, “Online Political File Refresher.” Available to NAB members, here.
June 26, 2014 - Iowa Broadcasters Association Annual Convention, Presenter, “A Washington Update for Broadcasters” and Moderator, “Preventing Trouble with an FCC Inspection” with head of FCC Field Office and Iowa ABIP inspector, Des Moines.
June 22, 2014 - Montana Broadcasters Association Annual Convention, Presenter, “An FCC Legal Update for Broadcasters,” Whitefish, Montana.
On June 3, 2014, David Oxenford and David O’Connor presented a webinar to members of seven state broadcast associations describing the obligations of broadcasters with respect to their online political file. The obligation to maintain an online political file goes into effect for small market television stations on July 1, 2014. The slides from that presentation are available here.
March 1, 2014 – David Oxenford and David O'Connor have prepared a Guide to Political Broadcasting: Questions and Answers on the FCC Rules and Policies for Candidate and Issue Advertising.
Publication - 2014 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters, February 6, 2014 – a publication listing important dates for broadcasters in 2014.
David Oxenford moderated a panel discussion on streaming music licensing at RAIN Summit NYC: Pureplays and Podcasts, on February 5, 2014. For more information, visit the event website.
David Oxenford moderated an FCBA CLE panel discussion on social media legal issues for traditional media companies on January 27, 2014. For more information, visit the event website.
On January 21st, 2014, David Oxenford presented a session on Legal Issues in Digital and Social Media to the Wisconsin Broadcasters at their Winter Conference in Madison.
Political Broadcasting Webinar: On December 10, 2013, David Oxenford and Bobby Baker, Head of the FCC’s Office of Political Programming, conducted a webinar for 11 state broadcast associations. The slides from that presentation are available here.
On August 14, 2013, David Oxenford provided an FCC update to the attendees at the Indiana Broadcasters Association Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Click here to access the slides from his presentation.