Second 2022 Broadcast Station EEO Audit Announced

Posted on August 31st, 2022 by

On August 19, 2022, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced a second round of EEO Audits for this calendar year.  Unlike the March 2022 audit, which included 280 broadcast television and radio stations, this audit includes only 152 stations.  The notice and list of stations can be found here.  Stations on the list have until October […]

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Consent Decree and Hefty Fine for Sponsorship ID Rule Violations

Posted on August 31st, 2022 by

On August 5, 2022, the FCC released an order fining a low power television station $60,000 for violations of the sponsorship identification rules.  In addition, the station entered into a consent decree with a five-year compliance plan and reporting obligations. The station admitted to broadcasting appearances by various legally qualified candidates and spokespersons for commercial […]

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FCC Issues First Points Decisions from 2021 NCE-FM Filing Window

Posted on August 31st, 2022 by

On August 2, 2022, the FCC released an order selecting the highest-points winning applications from 27 mutually exclusive groups of applications filed in its November 2021 filing window.  With the adoption of the order, the FCC accepted the tentative selectees’ applications for filing and the time periods for legal challenges began running.  In coming weeks, […]

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EAS Equipment Vulnerability Alert Issued

Posted on August 31st, 2022 by

On August 5, 2022, the Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau sent out emails to EAS participants titled “EAS Security Advisory” announcing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had issued an advisory on a potential vulnerability in certain EAS encoder/decoder devices that have not been updated to the most recent […]

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Third and Final Repack Reimbursement Filing Deadline Nears

Posted on August 31st, 2022 by

A recent FCC public notice reiterates that the third and final deadline for submission of repack reimbursement invoices is September 6, 2022.  This final deadline is applicable to low power television, television translator and FM stations, along with cable companies.  Stations that do not file a final Form 399 with invoices will automatically be closed […]

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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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