Dates to Remember 

Posted on April 27th, 2022 by

May 5, 2022 Deadline for stations on the FCC EEO Audit list to complete and upload their responses to the station public file. May 6, 2022 Upfront payments deadline of 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time to qualify to bid on any of 27 full power television construction permits. June 1, 2022 Television Stations located in Arizona, […]

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FCC Enforcement Bureau Pursuing Stations Over National EAS Test Noncompliance

Posted on April 27th, 2022 by

In recent weeks, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has sent hundreds of broadcast stations official letters of inquiry regarding their compliance with the 2021 National EAS Test.  In cases that we are aware of, those letters were sent via certified mail, return receipt, to the station mailing address.  The letter gives stations 30 days to respond […]

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FCC Broadcast Operations Inspections Resume

Posted on April 27th, 2022 by

The FCC recently lifted its halt to broadcast station inspections that was put in place during the pandemic, and advised all of its Field Offices that those inspections should resume.  Stations should be on the alert for possible visits from the FCC. If a station receives a visit from the FCC, the individual will provide […]

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Broadcast Station EEO Audit Responses Due May 5th

Posted on April 27th, 2022 by

For stations on the FCC’s March 21, 2022 EEO audit list, the deadline to respond is May 5, 2022.   The notice and list of stations can be found here. Stations no longer mail documents to the FCC to respond to EEO audits – an upload to the station public file by the deadline is sufficient. […]

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TV Auction 112 Update

Posted on April 27th, 2022 by

The FCC issued a public notice announcing the applicants submitting short-form applications for the June 2022 auction of 27 full power television station construction permits.  Separate lists of applicants whose applications are complete, incomplete, or rejected are included. Upfront payments via wire transfer are due no later than May 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. ET.  […]

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Legal Battle Continues Over Foreign Sponsorship ID Rules

Posted on April 27th, 2022 by

The April 12, 2022 oral argument in the DC Circuit case by broadcasters challenging the constitutionality of the FCC’s new foreign sponsorship identification rules revealed few clues about the potential outcome or the timing of a decision in the case.  Broadcasters are arguing that the scope of the requirements is overly broad and burdens their […]

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Media Bureau Requests New Comment in FM Booster Geotargeting Rulemaking

Posted on April 27th, 2022 by

On April 18, 2022, the FCC issued a public notice setting new comment and reply comment periods for its ongoing rulemaking proposing the use of FM booster stations for geo-targeted content.  The request comes after testing of the proposed technology was conducted in California and Mississippi under experimental authority, and reports were issued addressing the […]

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Dates to Remember 

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

March 31, 2022 Deadline for all commercial radio stations playing music licensed by Global Music Rights (GMR) to either sign the licensing agreement reached in the litigation with the Radio Music Licensing Committee or to cease playing GMR licensed music. April 1, 2022 Radio Stations located in Delaware and Pennsylvania – deadline to file license […]

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HCCB at NAB Las Vegas

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

Safe travels to all attending the NAB Convention in Las Vegas. HCCB’s managing partner Joe Chautin will be there April 23-26.  If you’d like to meet with him while there, let him know by email at jchautin@hardycarey.com or call/text to 504-439-2350.

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Broadcast Station EEO Audit Announced

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

On March 21, 2022, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced an EEO Audit of 280 broadcast television and radio stations, giving them until May 5, 2022 to respond to the audit.  The notice and list of stations can be found here.  Double check to see if any of your stations are on it. This is the […]

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