DATES TO REMEMBER

Posted on January 31st, 2023 by

January 10, 2023 (Extended to February 28, 2023) TV, Class A, AM & FM Stations (commercial & noncommercial): deadline to complete and upload to online public file the 4th Quarter 2022 issues/program lists and any foreign sponsorship identification reports. Class A TV Stations Only: deadline to complete and post to your online public file the […]

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LMS and OPIF Technical Issues Require Extended Deadlines

Posted on January 31st, 2023 by

Toward the end of 2022, we began experiencing issues with the FCC’s online public file system (OPIF), as well as the Licensing Management System (LMS).  Issues varied from slow operation, to repeatedly being involuntarily logged out, to payment issues.  Those same problems extended into early 2023 and prompted the FCC to initially extend January upload […]

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EAS Participants: ETRS Form One Filing Due February 28

Posted on January 31st, 2023 by

The FCC’s December 15, 2022 public notice announcing that EAS participants must file their 2022 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Form One no later than February 28, 2023 remains in effect and early in January, a further public notice provided more details on filing requirements and procedures.  While the system is functioning pretty well, the […]

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Audio Division Announces April 1 Effective Date for Use of 2020 U.S. Census Data in Applications

Posted on January 31st, 2023 by

The Media Bureau’s Audio Division has announced the availability of the most recent 2020 U.S. Census Bureau (U.S. Census) decennial census block, population, and cartographic boundary data. Effective April 1, 2023, petitioners/applicants submitting filings to the Audio Division must employ the most recent 2020 U.S. Census data available when determining a particular community’s population in […]

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2022 Annual Children’s TV Report and Commercial Limits Certifications Still Due

Posted on January 31st, 2023 by

Despite the filing extensions referred to earlier in this newsletter, the 2022 Children’s Television Report must still be filed, and the 2022 Children’s Television Commercial Limits Certification must still be uploaded to the station public file. Failure to timely file the annual children’s television report, or the reporting of less than the required amount of […]

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A Few Lessons Learned From the 2021 Noncom Filing Window

Posted on January 31st, 2023 by

With the FCC nearing the end of processing for the hundreds of applications filed in the 2021 filing window for new noncommercial FM stations, there are a few take-aways worth noting. First, attention to detail matters.  Simple errors can result in applications being dismissed.  A good example is this recent case where an applicant specified […]

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FCC Issues Report on Broadcast Station Ownership and Schedules Symposium

Posted on January 31st, 2023 by

Using data compiled from the 2021 biennial ownership reports filed by broadcast stations, the FCC has issued its Sixth Report on Broadcast Station Ownership. The report covers commercial and noncommercial stations in five broadcast services—full power television, Class A television, low power television, AM radio, and FM radio.  While the report captures a “snapshot” of […]

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Dates to Remember 

Posted on December 30th, 2022 by

January 3, 2023 All Broadcast Stations that are EAS Participants – first day that the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) will be open for the required filing of ETRS Form One. January 9, 2023 Extended comment deadline in FCC’s 2nd NPRM on its foreign government sponsorship identification rules. January 10, 2023 TV, Class A, AM […]

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Best Wishes for 2023

Posted on December 30th, 2022 by

Our very best wishes to our clients and newsletter readers in the new year.  May your successes be many!  We are thankful for the distinct privilege to assist commercial and noncommercial broadcasters throughout the United States as they serve the public, and look forward to assisting you during 2023.

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EAS Participants: ETRS Form One Filing Due in Early 2023

Posted on December 30th, 2022 by

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau issued a December 15, 2022 public notice announcing that EAS participants must file their 2022 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Form One no later than February 28, 2023.  The EAS rules require that all EAS participants file Form One every year, but with the cancellation of the […]

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