Dates To Remember

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

January 10, 2018 TV, Class A, AM & FM Stations (commercial & noncommercial): complete 4th quarter 2017 issues/program reports and post to your public file. TV & Class A Stations (commercial only): complete and electronically file via LMS the FCC Form 398 Children’s TV Programming Report for 4th Quarter 2017. Also compile and post to […]

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Here’s to Your 2018!

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

Our firm has enjoyed helping you through 2017, a “year of change” at the FCC that has brought deregulation and opportunity to so many broadcasters. We hope that 2018 will be even better for you and your personal and business families. May your broadcast days be fun-filled, your audiences appreciative, and your coffers filled with […]

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New Ownership Report Update

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

Last month, we were on the verge of the new ownership reports becoming available in the License Management System, and the opening of a filing “window” that closes on March 2, 2018 for all broadcast stations (except low power FM stations or FM translator-only licensees) to file biennial ownership reports. We’re now about 30 days […]

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Online Public File Deadline Nears For Radio Stations

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

Has your radio station not yet transitioned its public file to the FCC’s online portal? First, we can tell you that’s ok. But second, you need to get moving. March 1, 2018 is your deadline – not just for establishing a public file and putting stuff in in going forward, but also for uploading all […]

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Cross-Service FM Translator Rush Continues

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

This month, the FCC has been accepting for filing numerous singleton applications that were originally filed in its latest Auction 99 cross-service FM translator window. With a 15-day petition to deny period on these applications, that means we could see the first grants from the window very soon, perhaps the first week of January 2018. […]

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FCC Main Studio Elimination Effective January 8, 2018

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

The waiting has finally ended. The FCC’s action eliminating the main studio rule was finally published in the Federal Register, which started the 30-day clock on the rule becoming effective. As a result, on January 8, 2018, broadcast stations will no longer be told by the government that they must maintain a broadcast studio and […]

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How Not to Use Your FM Translator

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

Most broadcasters holding FM translator authorizations know that they must retransmit the broadcast of their primary station, and cannot originate their own programming except in very narrow and brief circumstances (i.e., emergencies and 30 seconds per hour to seek or acknowledge financial support). But recently, the FCC fined a translator licensee for airing different programming […]

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MVPD Carriage Elections Going Electronic?

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

That is a correct headline. TV stations that have to make carriage elections every three years with their cable companies or satellite carriers should keep reading. The memory of having to prepare a paper letter for each MVPD and sending them via mail (some certified, others not) and keeping everything straight should be pretty fresh […]

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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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