New Broadcast Contest Rules Not Yet In Effect

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by

The new broadcast contest rules we reported on a few newsletters ago have inched forward to a date when they will become effective, but have not crossed the finish line yet.

The FCC published the new rules in the Federal Register on October 23rd, but the rule must still go through approval at the Office of Management and Budget because it involves information collection. OMB doesn’t move very fast, but there is hope that we’ll see an effective date for the new rule sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

In case your brain is filled with too many other things to remember what the FCC did with this rule, here’s a reminder. The new rule allows stations the option of publishing station contest details online instead of on-air, with some restrictions or requirements.