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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Required EAS Actions in November 2017

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

On the EAS front, two dates in November are important for all broadcasters – one is a deadline to provide information about station multilingual EAS capabilities, and the other is the deadline for filing EAS Form 3 as part of the now concluded EAS National Test. Let’s begin with the first one, which just popped […]

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FCC Eliminates Main Studio Requirement

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

In a 3-2 vote at its October 24, 2017 meeting, the FCC voted to eliminate the main studio requirement for all broadcast stations. The change will become effective 30 days after publication of the order in the Federal Register. Our estimate is that the FCC will move pretty quickly to publication and, as a result, […]

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Online Public File Deadline Nears for Radio Stations

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Radio stations that have not yet transitioned their public files to the FCC’s online portal have a bit of work to do between now and the March 1, 2018 deadline for doing so. The good news is that you can start anytime. The FCC’s system lets stations begin the process by gradually uploading documents before […]

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Ownership Report? Don’t Panic.

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

We covered this last month, but thought it might be a good idea to remind you again in case you wake up in the middle of the night thinking that it’s time to file your ownership report. Go back to sleep. It’s not. The FCC announced a three-month extension of the normal December 1st deadline […]

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Comments Sought on TV Ancillary Reporting and Local Notice Rules

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

The FCC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks to lessen broadcaster reporting and notice burdens. The reporting obligation at issue is Form 2100, Schedule G, an annual requirement for all digital television stations to report to the FCC whether they had any ancillary/supplemental uses of their spectrum in the past 12 months. […]

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Cross-Service FM Translator Settlement/Resolution Deadline

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

The FCC has moved forward in its process of considering the over 1000 applications filed by AM stations for new FM translators in a special filing window earlier this year. Specifically, the FCC issued a notice identifying all of the filed applications that were “mutually exclusive” with others filed during the window, meaning that for […]

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2nd Post-TV Auction Priority Window Closes Nov 2; Temporary Freeze Lift Coming for Non-Repacked Stations

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

The FCC’s previously announced second priority filing window for all full power and Class A TV stations making a post-auction channel change will end at 11:59 p.m. on November 2, 2017. Several stations have already filed applications seeking pattern changes and power increases. If your station is being repacked, or is otherwise changing channels post-auction, […]

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November FCC Meeting Big for TV Station Owners

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

One week before Thanksgiving, the FCC is set to vote on a number of actions at its monthly meeting (agenda here), perhaps none more significant than a TV ownership deregulatory action that promises to shake up the TV world. The FCC’s anticipated action, summarized in this draft Report & Order released under Chairman Pai’s transparency […]

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Voluntary ATSC 3.0 Order Expected in November

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by

The FCC is expected to adopt an order in a several-months-old proposed rulemaking authorizing TV stations to voluntarily begin use of “Next Generation” or ATSC 3.0 technology in their licensed television operations. The draft 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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