Dates To Remember

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

June 1, 2017 AM & FM Stations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia & West Virginia: if full-time employee threshold is met, complete EEO public file report and place same in public file as well as post on station website. AM & FM Stations in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah & […]

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Media Regulation Review Underway

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

At its May meeting, the FCC kept up its rapid pace of change, boldly launching a “catch all” Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative to review all media regulations for the purpose of eliminating or modifying rules that are outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome. Rather than suggest what rules might need to be changed, the FCC […]

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Main Studio Rule Proposed for Elimination

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

That is a correct headline. And the tone of the FCC’s proposed rulemaking released May 18th sounds like elimination is precisely where we’re going to end up. The issue here is whether the FCC should still mandate that a station have a main studio with two full-time employees during normal business hours from which it […]

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Post-Auction Repack Clocks Are Ticking

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

We’re just shy of two months into a 39-month post-television auction repack of all television stations between channels 2 and 36. Every affected station knows its assigned transition phase, and the various deadlines to get there. Next up is June 12, 2017, the deadline for stations that cannot build its post-auction facilities to ask for […]

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Regulatory Fees Already?

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

Yes, that annual ritual of paying a fee for the privilege of holding a commercial broadcast license is indeed around the corner. It always falls sometime in September. But around now, four months out, the FCC initiates a little proceeding to discuss how much stations will pay. The proposed regulatory fee amounts are either the […]

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Incentive Auction Broadcaster Payout Timing – A Guessing Game

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

It’s the date the FCC has refused to announce – the date that the 175 winning broadcasters in the auction will be paid what they were promised. The day that their “provisional” status becomes reality. Without saying a date, the FCC has suggested that it may be able to pay all the winning broadcasters in […]

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FM Translator Update

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

We’re still waiting for official documentation for the FM translator window to be held later this summer. Nothing yet. There will actually be two short windows, back-to-back. And like last year’s windows, this translator opportunity is for AM stations (Class C & D first, followed by Class A & B). But not all AM stations […]

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FCC Announces Plans for Post-Auction LPTV Displacement Window

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

As LPTV and TV translator stations are staring at the impacts to their operations from the post-auction repacking of full power and Class A television stations, the FCC has issued a public notice that lays out the game plan for displaced low power stations. The FCC anticipates announcing and issuing procedures for a displacement filing […]

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Dates To Remember

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by

May 11, 2017 Deadline for TV Auction winners to submit completed hard copy Form 1875 form to the FCC. May 15, 2017 Deadline for reassigned TV stations to file a request for waiver of the FCC’s rules to allow flexible use of licensed spectrum in lieu of relocation cost reimbursement. June 1, 2017: AM & […]

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Rapid Rollback of Broadcaster Regulations Underway

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by

Chairman Pai has been very busy on many fronts, but perhaps none more than the broadcaster front. He has now either initiated or completed rule changes on a number of issues affecting broadcasters, and at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, announced in a speech that he is launching a top-to-bottom review of broadcast regulations. […]

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