Dates to Remember

Posted on March 30th, 2020 by

March 30, 2020

Extended – TV & Class A stations (commercial only): complete and electronically file via LMS the revised FCC Form 398 Children’s TV Programming Report; this is the first annual report and will cover the period from September 16 – December 31, 2019.  The FCC has extended this deadline to July 10, 2020 due to the coronavirus, but encourages those stations who can to file the report by March 30.

April 1, 2020

Radio Stations located in Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee – deadline to file license renewal application and EEO program report, and air first post-filing license renewal announcement; additional post-filing announcements are due April 16, May 1 & 16, and June 1 & 16.

Radio and TV Stations located in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas: if five (5) full time employee threshold is met, prepare EEO public file report covering the period from April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 and post it to the station online public inspection file and on the station website.

Radio Stations located in Michigan and Ohio, and TV Stations located in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: broadcast first pre-filing license renewal announcement; additional pre-filing announcements should air April 16, May 1, and May 16.

April 10, 2020

Extended – TV, Class A, AM & FM Stations (commercial & noncommercial): complete 1st Quarter 2020 issues/program lists and upload to online public file. The FCC has extended this deadline to July 10, 2020 as a result of the coronavirus but encourages those broadcasters who can to upload the 1st Quarter issues/programs list by April 10, 2020.

TV & Class A stations (commercial only): note that there is no requirement to compile and post to the public file records showing compliance with children’s programming commercial limits for the 1st quarter of 2020.  This requirement has transitioned to an annual certification, with the certification for all of 2020 due on January 31, 2021. However, we recommend that you continuously confirm that commercial limits restrictions are being met.

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