Al Shuldiner Named to Head FCC Audio Division
Former iBiquity/DTS lawyer will succeed Peter Doyle
The new head of the Federal Communications
Division is Al Shuldiner, a legal expert familiar in radio technology
circles in part for his prior work at iBiquity Digital, the company that developed
Albert Shuldiner was named Friday by Chairman Ajit
Pai to succeed Peter Doyle as chief of the Media Bureau’s Audio Division. “His
extensive knowledge of the radio business as well as FCC regulatory issues
makes him extremely qualified to assume this position,” Pai stated in an announcement.
position of audio chief plays a big role in how the U.S. federal government develops
and carries out communication policies that affect radio broadcasters. The Audio
Division licenses AM, FM, LPFM, translator and booster radio services; it
provides legal analysis of broadcast, technical and engineering radio filings
and recommends action on applications, requests for waivers and other matters.
Shuldiner has held legal
positions at DTS Inc. and Ibiquity Digital Corp., the technology development
company that launched HD Radio and was later acquired by DTS.
He was with iBiquity for some 15 years, managing all legal affairs for the venture-backed company and working as part of its senior management, according to his LinkedIn profile. As such he is intimately familiar with that digital radio technology platform, which has been a prominent and sometimes controversial part of the industry's technology landscape. He was there during the important years when HD Radio's IBOC or in-band, on-channel approach to digital broadcasting was authorized by the commission for digital FM and AM radio in the United States. He also was involved in multiple rounds of private stock offerings, debt offerings and the sale of the company to DTS. At the latter company he oversaw the transition of iBiquity Digital legal affairs to the DTS legal staff. He has since been working as a legal consultant.
Shuldiner earlier worked for six years
for Vinson & Elkins, LLP. He received a J.D. from the University of
Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
As Radio World has reported,
outgoing Chief Peter Doyle will serve in coming months in the part-time role as
senior advisor in the division. Pai thanked Doyle for his service: “Peter’s
sixteen-and-a-half year run as Division Chief has been truly outstanding. Peter
worked tirelessly to ensure fair and efficient licensing of the radio service. His
dedication and sound judgment have enabled thousands of radio stations to serve
their listeners. In particular, I’m personally grateful for his leadership and
hard work over the past few years on the AM revitalization initiative.”
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