Biennial Ownership Report Window Is Open

Posted on November 27th, 2019 by

The FCC’s filing window is now open for all commercial and noncommercial AM, FM, TV, Class A and LPTV stations, as well as entities with attributable interests in such stations, to file biennial ownership reports. The window will close on January 31, 2020. All information reported must be as of October 1, 2019. The FCC’s Public Notice about the filing window provides additional details. Commercial stations filing a new biennial ownership report must remit a $70 fee for each station.

When filed, ownership reports should automatically show up in station online public inspection files (though if they don’t, the rule actually requires the station to upload them). Per the FCC’s rule, only the most recent complete ownership reports are required to be in the public file, so stations can toggle “out” older reports. Reminder – the license renewal form has a certification question about the timely submission of ownership reports during the license term. So timely filing your report is, as always, important.