The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice, extending the deadlines for all filings that were due to be made next week in the FCC’s LMS or online public file systems. The new deadline is February 28, 2023. While we don’t usually post articles on this blog on Saturday, given that there may be broadcasters around the country hunched over their computers trying to make FCC filings due next week, we thought that we would make an exception today and send this alert.
This extension gives more time to broadcasters to upload many applications and reports that are due to be filed next week. This includes license renewals that were due to be filed by February 1 by television stations, LPTV stations, TV translators, and Class A stations in New York and New Jersey. For all commercial TV stations in the country, the Annual Children’s Programming Reports which were due January 30 are now due by February 28. Quarterly Issues Programs lists for all broadcast stations, which originally were due to be uploaded to station public files by January 10 and then by January 31 per a prior FCC extension, must now be uploaded by February 28. EEO Public File Reports for broadcast employment units with 5 or more full-time employees in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, and Oklahoma were due to be uploaded to the online public file by February 1 – and that deadline too will be extended to February 28. The Public Notice is broad, saying any public file document due to be upload or any FCC application to be filed through LMS are extended until February 28. If you have any FCC deadline coming up, check with your attorney to see if it is covered by this extension. Remember that this applies only to applications and reports to be filed through the FCC’s LMS and online public file systems.