Matthew H. McCormick
Matt McCormick has practiced broadcast communications law for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of FCC regulation of broadcasting. Over the years, he has represented hundreds of clients in their dealings with the FCC, including applicants for new commercial and noncommercial stations, licensees faced with renewal difficulties, stations confronted with FCC enforcement actions and proponents of FM and TV allotment changes and changes in communities of license. He also represented clients in hundreds of transactional matters requiring FCC approval.
Among Matt’s practice areas:
- Broadcast Transactions. Matt has represented hundreds of parties in buying and selling broadcast stations, from simple sales in small markets to complex transactions involving difficult multiple ownership issues, spin-offs and divestiture trusts. In one transaction, Matt secured a permanent waiver of the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule to allow a local daily newspaper to acquire a broadcast station. At the time, it was only the third such waiver the FCC had granted.
- Station Modifications. Matt has handled numerous complex station modifications, such as those entailing mutually contingent modification applications, “show cause” orders, and changes in communities of license involving Tuck showings. He also helps clients relocate FM translators to better fit the clients’ needs, including the rebroadcast of AM stations.
- FCC Rule Compliance and Enforcement Action Defense. Matt advises clients regarding compliance with the FCC’ s rules and policies, including those bearing on contests and promotions, political broadcasting (such as lowest unit charge and federal candidate access issues), EEO compliance, public inspection file matters and underwriting issues for noncommercial stations. Matt also defends clients who the FCC alleges violated its rules.
- Tower Siting. Matt helps guide clients through the steps to get federal clearance for the construction of new towers, including FAA “no hazard” determinations, compliance with the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement and other environmental and historical preservation approvals.
- Renewals. Matt works with clients to make the FCC renewal process as simple and pain-free as possible.
- Must-Carry, Market Modification and Retransmission Consent. Matt has represented television broadcasters in negotiations with cable systems and FCC-contested proceedings regarding cable system “must-carry” requirements and market modification issues. Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. can also represent stations in retransmission consent negotiations with cable systems.
- Streaming and Music Licensing. Matt, along with his colleagues at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C., can guide clients through the sometimes complex licensing issues involved in steaming music programming over the Internet, including dealing with SoundExchange.
- Trademarks. Matt can help with registering your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Matt is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Oregon State Bar and the Virginia State Bar. He previously served as a member of the Oregon’s State Bar’s House of Delegates. He is also a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Prior to entering the law, Matt worked as a broadcast journalist, including a stint as news director of an ABC affiliate in Eugene, Oregon. Matt, with members of his family, in the past has owned five radio stations in the Pacific Northwest, including two FM stations which they built from scratch.