Dates to Remember 

Posted on July 28th, 2022 by

August 1, 2022 Television Stations located in California – deadline to file license renewal application and EEO program report; on-air/online announcements and public file certifications are required under the new local public notice rule. Radio and TV Stations located in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina and South Carolina:  if five (5) full time employee threshold […]

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FCC Grants Some Pennsylvania Radio Renewals with Date Error

Posted on July 28th, 2022 by

As has typically been the case during the license renewal process over the last 2 years, the FCC’s Audio Division begins granting radio renewals that have no issues approximately 10 days prior to the date the license will expire.  The Audio Division followed that approach with recently granted radio station license renewals in Pennsylvania, granting […]

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Court Overturns Part of New FCC Foreign Sponsorship ID Rules

Posted on July 28th, 2022 by

Earlier this year, the FCC adopted new Foreign Sponsorship Identification rules that were challenged in court but went into effect on March 15, 2022.  On July 12th, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a small portion of the FCC’s new rules requiring federal database verification of foreign sponsorship information obtained by broadcasters.  You can […]

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LMS Call Sign Reservations Update

Posted on July 28th, 2022 by

As of June 22, stations can reserve call signs for initial permits, exchanges, changes and contingent requests in the FCC’s Licensing & Management System (LMS), according to the FCC’s public notice announcing the change.  In addition to call sign reservation requests now being announced via the FCC’s daily releases, we have learned that they are […]

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Next Generation TV FNPRM Comment Dates Set

Posted on July 28th, 2022 by

The FCC has now set comment deadlines for its Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the current state of the voluntary Next Generation Television transition, and the scheduled sunset of two related 2017 rules.  Initial comments must be filed by August 8, 2022 with reply comments due by September 6, 2022. Next Gen TV uses […]

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FCC Field Office Personnel Visiting Stations and Issuing Notices of Violation

Posted on July 28th, 2022 by

A few months ago, we wrote here that the FCC had lifted its Covid-19 travel restrictions on the personnel in its field offices.  As a result, we anticipated immediate station visits and active responses to complaints about broadcast station operations.  In recent days, the FCC’s field offices in Miami, West Palm Beach and Atlanta have […]

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Dates to Remember 

Posted on June 29th, 2022 by

July 1, 2022 TV Stations with locally produced programming carried as distant signals in 2021 on a cable or satellite system:  Start of one-month period ending August 1 to file copyright royalty claims with the Copyright Royalty Board through the eCRB system.  Filers without an eCRB account should set one up early. July 5, 2022 […]

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FCC Proposes 13% Hike in 2022 Broadcast Regulatory Fees

Posted on June 29th, 2022 by

The FCC’s 2022 broadcast regulatory fee process kicked off with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on June 2nd, but was immediately met with a stern rebuke from NAB and others for the proposed 13% increase in fees to be paid by broadcast stations this September.  Formal comments on the proposed fees are due July 18, […]

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Broadcast Call Sign Reservations Migrate to LMS

Posted on June 29th, 2022 by

At long last, the FCC’s archaic call sign reservation system has been decommissioned.  As of June 22, stations can reserve call signs for initial permits, exchanges, changes and contingent requests in the FCC’s Licensing & Management System (LMS), according to the FCC’s public notice announcing the change. Requests submitted any other way will be ineffective […]

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Legacy CORES to Be Retired July 15

Posted on June 29th, 2022 by

The FCC has announced that as of July 15, 2022, it will retire the CORES legacy system that generated FRNs and passwords for new users. Once Legacy CORES is retired, users will be unable to make any changes to their FRNs in that system, including resetting their passwords, but must instead use CORES2. Users will […]

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