As the calendar flips to March, many of us have put our trust in Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecasting expertise that an early spring is coming. A surer place to put our trust, however, is in the guarantee that there are always some regulatory dates about which broadcasters should be aware. While March is a month without with many of the regularly scheduled deadlines for renewals, EEO public file reports or Quarterly Issues Programs lists, there are still plenty of regulatory dates about which you should take notice.
The closest we come in March to a broadly applicable FCC filing deadline is the requirement that, by March 30, 2020 television broadcasters must complete and submit through LMS the FCC’s new Form 2100, Schedule H documenting their compliance with the requirements under the children’s television (KidVid) rules to broadcast educational and informational programming directed to children. This report will document that programming from September 16, 2019 (when the new KidVid rules went into effect) to December 31, 2019. The March 30 date is a transitional date as the FCC moves away from the old quarterly children’s television reports to ones that will be filed annually – in future years by the end of January. This year, however, the FCC took time to develop the form for the new annual report and to explain how it should be used, thus the extra time to file. Once filed, TV broadcasters won’t file another children’s television report until early 2021 reporting on compliance for all of 2020. For more on the transition to the new KidVid obligations, read our articles here, here, and here. To learn how to work with the new form, watch the FCC’s archived instructional webinar here.