November is one of those few months where there is a very light load of routine regulatory filings for broadcasters. This is a month with no routine FCC ownership or children’s television reports. There are no routine EEO reports for the public file, and no other FCC regularly-scheduled deadlines.
Of course, there are several other dates that broadcasters need to be aware of. October 31 is the end of the FM translator window to move translators up to 250 miles to serve AM stations – so November 1 will likely bring lessened demand for any translator that did not find a new AM home during the window that has been open to various groups of AM stations since January. Those looking for translators to operate with FM stations may find opportunities now less expensive, but harder to move, so opportunities will be limited to stations near to areas where the translators already are located.
Once the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction for television has concluded, the FCC will announce two windows for new FM translators. These windows (the first for Class C and D AM stations only, and the second for Class A and B AM stations) will only be open to AM licensees that did not participate in the 2016 windows. See our article here for more information.
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