As part of its Modernization of Media Regulation initiative, the FCC proposed to do away with the requirement for TV station employment groups with 5 or more full-time employees and radio employment units with 11 or more full-time employees to file a Mid-Term EEO Report, (Form 397). We wrote about that proposal here, where the FCC suggested that the filing of the report is unnecessary as the report basically consists of submitting the past two years EEO Public Inspection file reports, and those reports are now available to the FCC and the public through broadcaster’s online public inspection files. EEO enforcement would continue (including a mid-term review of the stations now subject to review), but the reports would not need to be filed. The proposal was published in the Federal Register today, setting a deadline for comments of April 30, and a deadline for reply comments of May 15. Interested parties should file their comments by these deadlines.
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