Media Bureau [Federal Communications Commission] Law and Legal Definition

The Media Bureau is one among the seven operating bureaus of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The mission of the Media Bureau is to develop, recommend and administer the policy and licensing programs relating to electronic media, including cable television, broadcast television, and radio in the U.S. and its territories. It also handles post-licensing matters regarding Direct Broadcast Satellite service.

The Media Bureau issues construction permits, operating licenses, and renewals or transfers of such broadcast licenses except for broadcast auxiliary services. The bureau also oversees compliance by broadcasters with statutes and FCC policies.