Dates to Remember

Posted on March 28th, 2019 by

April 1, 2019

AM, FM, TV and Class A Stations in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas: if five full-time employee threshold is met, complete EEO public file report and post same in public file as well as on station website. Under FCC EEO rules, a full-time employee is one that works 30 hours per week, on average.

TV & Class A Stations in Delaware and Pennsylvania: if five full-time employee threshold is met, prepare and electronically file mid-term EEO Form 397 and place copy of filed report in your public inspection file. Reminder – the Form 397 requires that the station’s last two EEO public file reports be submitted to the FCC. Under FCC EEO rules, a full-time employee is one that works 30 hours per week, on average.

Deadline for TV and radio stations included in the FCC’s EEO random audit to upload their responses to the station online public inspection file.

Radio Stations in Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia: broadcast first pre-filing renewal announcement, and do so again on April 16, May 1, and May 16

April 10, 2019

TV, Class A, AM & FM Stations (commercial & noncommercial): complete 1st Quarter 2019 issues/program reports and place in public file.

TV & Class A stations (commercial only) and any LPTV station with must-carry rights: complete and electronically file via LMS the FCC Form 398 Children’s TV Programming Report for 1st Quarter 2019, and also compile and post to the public file records relating to the station’s compliance with children’s programming commercial limits for 1st Quarter 2019.

TV & Class A stations changing channels as part of the repack or based on voluntary receipt of auction funds should file a transition progress report in LMS (unless the station has already transitioned).

Class A TV Stations Only: complete and post to your online public file a certification of ongoing Class A eligibility.

April 12, 2019

Transition Deadline for Post-Auction Phase Two TV and Class A stations to cease operations on pre-auction channels and commence operations on post-auction channels

April 13, 2019

First day of post-auction new channel testing for Phase Three TV and Class A stations.