Dates To Remember

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

December 1, 2017 AM & FM Stations in Alabama, Georgia, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, N. Dakota and S. Dakota: if full-time employee threshold is met, complete EEO public file report and post same in public file as well as post on station website. NCE Stations in Alabama & Georgia Only: the biennial ownership report that would […]

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FCC UNVEILS NEW OWNERSHIP

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

The FCC has now suspended the old Forms 323 and 323-E ownership reports that were filed in the Consolidated Database System (CDBS), and unveiled a new report that must be filed in the License Management System (LMS). At a webinar on November 28, 2017, the FCC detailed the new form and procedures for completing and […]

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TV Ancillary Reporting Suspended

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

With days to spare before the December 1, 2017 deadline for all digital television stations to file Form 2100, Schedule G for any ancillary/supplementary uses of their spectrum, the FCC decided to suspend the filing requirement because it is considering changing the requirement as part of a notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks to lessen […]

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Cross-Service FM Translator Singleton Processing Window

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

November 29th was the deadline for all mutually exclusive FM translator applications filed earlier this year in Auction 99 to file amendments or settlements. Those that did will be processed accordingly. Those that did not will have to wait for a “highest bidder wins” auction that is yet to be scheduled. Beginning December 1, 2017, […]

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Temporary Freeze Lift Window Opens For Non-Repacked Stations

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

For those full power and Class A stations that are not being repacked, but want to expand their facilities, the FCC’s very short, 10-day temporary lift of the filing freeze that has been in place since 2013 is underway. The freeze will be re-imposed at 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Expansions by […]

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TV and Cross-Ownership Rules Changed

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

As forecast, the FCC has voted upon and adopted changes to the broadcast ownership rules. You can read all the details here, but the next four paragraphs will give you the short summary. The Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule was eliminated, primarily because it was no longer necessary to promote viewpoint diversity and was actually preventing combinations […]

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Voluntary TV ATSC 3.0 Order Adopted

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

At its November meeting, the FCC adopted an order in a several-months-old proposed rulemaking authorizing TV stations to voluntarily begin using the “Next Generation” or ATSC 3.0 technology in their licensed television operations. The order includes many details about how a station would transition to ATSC 3.0, and the associated requirement to continue broadcasting an […]

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FCC Main Studio Elimination Not Yet Effective

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

Although the FCC voted to eliminate the main studio requirement for all broadcast stations at its October 24, 2017 meeting, we’re still waiting for the decision to become effective, which won’t happen until 30 days after publication of the decision in the Federal Register. If that statement wrinkled your brow a little, you’re not alone. […]

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Following the Rules?

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

Amid all the deregulation during Chairman Pai’s tenure, one other trend is very clear. If there is a rule on the books, it is to be followed and will be enforced. Case in point – a Class A television station in California recently received a Notice of Violation when an FCC Field Agent, responding to […]

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Dates To Remember

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

November 6, 2017 Deadline for all broadcast stations to notify their EAS State Emergency Communication Committee (SEC) about their status/efforts related to multilingual EAS message dissemination. November 13, 2017 Deadline for all broadcast stations to file EAS Form 3 in ETRS as part of EAS National Test. November 24, 2017 Deadline for TV stations with […]

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