FCC Shifts Ownership Report Filing Window

Posted on September 30th, 2019 by

By Order issued September 17, 2019, the FCC shifted the biennial ownership report filing window from October 1 – December 1, 2019 to November 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The reason for the shift is so the Media Bureau can make software changes to the ownership report filing forms to enable stations to certify that there are no changes since the last biennial report filed in late- 2017/early-2018.

In addition to shifting the report filing window, the window itself is longer – 92 days – so stations will have more time to prepare and file the reports. All licensees of commercial and noncommercial AM, FM, TV, Class A and LPTV stations, as well as entities with attributable interests in such stations, are required to file ownership reports in the window. Despite the shifting of the filing window, all information reported by licensees must reflect ownership interests as they existed on October 1, 2019.