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Closed Captioning Update: New Complaint Rules Now Effective; Contact Information Due by March 22, 2010

Posted in Emergency Communications, Programming Regulations, Television
On Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, two important new closed captioning rules were published in the Federal Register and went into effect. The new rules require immediate attention by video programming distributors — including broadcast television stations — to ensure that they respond promptly to viewer complaints regarding closed captioning issues, and to ensure that they timely… Continue Reading

Comment Date Set for Closed Captioning Rulemaking Proceeding – When is a Channel Not a Channel?

Posted in Digital Television, General FCC, Programming Regulations, Television
The FCC’s has published in the Federal Register certain aspects of its November decision on closed captioning – most notably the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking if a broadcaster’s multicast streams should each count as a separate "channel" potentially exempt from closed captioning requirements if that channel doesn’t bring in more than $3 million in annual… Continue Reading

New FCC Rules for Closed Captioning Complaints and Proposals for Captioning of Digital Television Multicast Channels

Posted in Digital Television, Television
The FCC has adopted new procedures for the submission of complaints about the failure to adequately provide closed captioning of video programming carried on television stations and cable systems.  In the same order, the Commission issued clarifications about the impact of the digital transition on the obligations of stations and networks to caption programming, and… Continue Reading

TV Station Reminder – Present Information about Specific Emergency Visually

Posted in Emergency Communications
With the recent spate of severe weather throughout the country, a reminder about the FCC’s rules on the presentation of specific emergency information is in order.  The FCC rules requires that any specific emergency information – not a generalized warning, but a specific warning directed at a specific location – must be presented visually as… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Rules for Enhanced TV Disclosure Requirements

Posted in Digital Television, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The FCC has released the full text of its Order adopting enhanced disclosure requirements for broadcast television stations – requiring that they post their public files on their websites and that they quarterly file a new form, FCC Form 355, detailing their programming in minute detail, breaking it down by specific program categories, and certifying that… Continue Reading