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July FCC Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Including Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, Children’s Television Reports, Indecency and Ownership Comment Deadlines

Posted in Children's Programming and Advertising, General FCC, Indecency, Multiple Ownership Rules, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
July has many FCC obligations for broadcasters, both regularly scheduled and unique to 2013. There are the normal obligations, like the Quarterly Issues Programs lists, that need to be in the public file of all broadcast stations, radio and TV, commercial and noncommercial, by July 10. Quarterly Children’s television reports are also due to be submitted… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comments on Online Political File for TV Stations – Should Obligations Be Changed or Expanded?

Posted in General FCC, On Line Media, Political Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Website Issues
It has been almost a year since the FCC adopted rules for an online public inspection file for television stations. This week, the Commission released a Public Notice requesting comments on how the rules are performing – specifically focusing on the online political file. While the Commission’s rules currently require only that the affiliates of the top four… Continue Reading

April FCC Obligations for Broadcasters – Renewals, EEO, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, Captioning of Live or Near-Live Online Programming, FM Translator Filings, an FM Auction and Comments on Alien Ownership

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, EEO Compliance/Diversity, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Internet Video, License Renewal, Noncommercial Broadcasting, On Line Media, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television, Website Issues
April is one of those months in which many FCC obligations are triggered for broadcasters. There are the normal obligations, like the Quarterly Issues Programs lists, that need to be in the public file of all broadcast stations, radio and TV, commercial and noncommercial, by April 10. Quarterly Children’s television reports are due to be submitted… Continue Reading

FCC Grants Certain TV Stations Limited Waiver from Online Public File Obligations for Documents from Prior Renewal Terms

Posted in Advertising Issues, License Renewal, On Line Media, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
Earlier today, we wrote about the FCC’s reminder that TV broadcasters must, by February 4, complete the upload to their FCC-mandated online public inspection file all materials from the current renewal term that were created prior to the August 2 effective date of the online public inspection file requirement.  We noted that the FCC had not addressed the… Continue Reading

FCC Issues Reminder that TV Stations Need to Complete Online Public File By February 4 – Upload Documents Including All Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and EEO Public File Reports Since the Last License Renewal Grant

Posted in EEO Compliance/Diversity, License Renewal, On Line Media, Political Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The six months that the FCC gave to television stations to upload the contents of their paper public files to their new online public file seemed like a long time back in August, when the deadline was announced and the online public file rule became effective. But that deadline is upon us, and the FCC yesterday… Continue Reading

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball – What Washington Has In Store For Broadcasters in 2013

Posted in Broadcast Performance Royalty, Cable Carriage, EEO Compliance/Diversity, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report, Indecency, Internet Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Multiple Ownership Rules, Music Rights, On Line Media, Political Broadcasting, Privacy, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
Every year, about this time, I dust off the crystal ball to offer a look at the year ahead to see what Washington has in store for broadcasters. This year, like many in the recent past, Washington will consider important issues for both radio and TV, as well as issues affecting the growing on-line presence of… Continue Reading

On the Schedule for the April 27 FCC Meeting: Television Public Interest Obligations, TV Channel Sharing and Third-Party Fundraising by Noncommercial Broadcasters

Posted in Digital Television, Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report, Noncommercial Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
Three broadcast items are tentatively scheduled for the next FCC meeting, to be held on April 27, according to the tentative agenda released today.  In one expected action, though perhaps moving more quickly than many thought possible, the FCC has indicated that it will adopt an Order in its proceeding requiring TV broadcasters to place… Continue Reading

FCC and Public Interest Groups Demand Copies of TV Stations’ Public Inspection Files, As FCC Nears Decision About Requiring That The Complete File Be Posted Online

Posted in General FCC, Political Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
While rumors are flying that the FCC is rushing to adopt its proposals to require that TV stations put their public inspection files online (see our summary of the proposals here), both the FCC and public interest groups are targeting the public files of television stations – looking to copy some or all of those files.  Rumors… Continue Reading

April Fools Gags on Air? Play It Safe, and Remember the FCC’s Hoax Rule

Posted in FCC Fines, General FCC, Programming Regulations
With April Fool’s Day only a few days away, we need to repeat our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other jokes prepared especially for the day.  While a little fun is OK, remember that the FCC does have a rule against on-air hoaxes – and, of any day in… Continue Reading

FCC Keeps the Pressure on Class A Television Stations, Issues $52,000 in Fines for Failure to Timely File Children’s Television Reports

Posted in Children's Programming and Advertising, FCC Fines, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Programming Regulations
Yesterday, the FCC issued fines totaling $52,000 against four Class A television stations for belatedly filing their FCC Form 398 Children’s Television Programming Reports. The stations, each of which had missed at least a couple of years’ worth of Children’s Reports, were also fined for failing to timely place the reports in their public inspection… Continue Reading

Numerous Small Television Producers Seek Waiver of FCC Closed Captioning Rules

Posted in Digital Television, Programming Regulations, Television
In the wake of Commission’s rejection of hundreds of closed captioning waivers last year, many small television producers are now seeking new waivers for relief from the Commission’s television closed captioning rules.  Last October, the Commission overturned nearly 300 "economically burdensome" captioning waivers on the grounds that the FCC had failed to apply the correct standard of review and… Continue Reading

Further Details on the New Closed Captioning Rules for IP-Delivered Video Programming

Posted in General FCC, Intellectual Property, Internet Video, On Line Media, Programming Regulations
As we reported last week, the FCC has adopted a Report and Order establishing rules for the closed captioning of video programming delivered via Internet protocol (i.e., IP video), as required by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). DWT has now released an advisory with further details about the new rules, which is… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Final Rules on Closed Captioning for IP-Delivered Video Programming

Posted in Digital Television, General FCC, Internet Video, On Line Media, Programming Regulations, Television, Website Issues
This afternoon, the FCC released its long-anticipated Report and Order (R&O) setting forth the Commission’s new closed captioning rules for IP-delivered video programming, pursuant to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).  As we explained when the rules were first proposed in September, the CVAA directed the FCC to establish how and when certain… Continue Reading

Extensions of Time for Comments in FCC Proceedings on New Form to Document TV Public Interest Obigations and Online Public File

Posted in Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The FCC has extended the comment deadline in two proceedings looking at imposing new public interest obligations on TV broadcasters (and potentially, at some point in the future, on radio stations as well).  Both proceedings are an outgrowth of the FCC’s Future of Media Report, that suggested that broadcasters be made to be more responsive… Continue Reading

FCC Deadlines in January – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, Children’s Program Reports, Comments on TV Online Public File and Public Interest Obligation Proposals, FM Window and More

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, Children's Programming and Advertising, FM Radio, General FCC, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
In addition to the normal FCC deadlines for routine filings, January brings the deadline for comments in a number of FCC proceedings, and a filing window for new FM applications.  For TV stations, the Commission recently extended to January 17 the Reply Comment deadline on its proposals (summarized here) for an online public inspection file.  Many public interest… Continue Reading

A Summary of the FCC Rules Implementing the CALM Act to Regulate Loud TV Commercials

Posted in Advertising Issues, Programming Regulations, Television
The FCC this week adopted its rules implementing the CALM Act to address the public perception that commercials are too loud – louder than the programming which they accompany. Congress passed a law last year requiring that the FCC address the issue, and this week’s order adopts these implementing rules which will go into effect on… Continue Reading

January 17 Comment Deadline Set for Proposed New FCC Form to Document the Public Interest Service of TV Broadcasters

Posted in Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
The FCC’s proposal to replace the never-implemented Form 355 with a new form to document the public interest programming of television broadcasters (to eventually be expanded to include radio operators) was published in today’s Federal Register – setting January 17 as the comment date for those interested in telling the FCC what they think of… Continue Reading

What the NY Times Article on the Broadcast Public Inspection File Says About the FCC’s Public File Requirements

Posted in General FCC, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
While the FCC is entertaining comments on its proposal to move the public inspection file for broadcast television stations online (see our article here), the existing physical public files of several New York area broadcasters came under examination by the New York Times, according to an article in Sunday’s paper. The article seemed to both make fun… Continue Reading

FCC Proposes New Form Requiring TV Broadcasters to Document their Public Interest Programming

Posted in Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
When the FCC last month started a new proceeding to mandate an online public file for television stations, the Commission promised to soon initiate another proceeding to look into the need for a new form to document the public interest programming that TV stations provide.  The FCC today fulfilled that promise, and issued a Notice of Inquiry ("NOI") to… Continue Reading

Text of Online Public File Order Released – Details of What the FCC is Considering, and Suggestion that Radio May Be Next

Posted in Payola and Sponsorship Identification, Political Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The full text of the FCC’s Order overturning its 2007 decision on online public inspection files for TV broadcasters and the adoption of the Form 355 "enhanced disclosure form" has now been released.  This order, adopted at the FCC’s open meeting this week (held on October 27, 2011, which we wrote about here), also contains a Further Notice of… Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Revised Rules for Online Public File – Including Political File – and Discusses the Public Interest Obligations of TV Stations

Posted in Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
At its meeting today, the FCC vacated its 2007 Order mandating an online public file and the filing of the Form 355 “Enhanced Disclosure” form that detailed the public interest service of television broadcasters. But these requirements are not gone, as the Commission has adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking to reinstate an obligation for… Continue Reading

FCC Overturns Hundreds of TV Closed Captioning Exemptions and Clarifies “Economically Burdensome” Standard in Connection with Captioning Rules

Posted in Digital Television, Internet Video, Programming Regulations, Television
Yesterday, the FCC released an Order that reversed a five-year-old decision by its Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“CGB” or “Bureau”) that had granted certain video programmers “undue burden” exemptions from the FCC’s closed captioning rules. The reversed Bureau decision had changed the criteria for undue burden exemptions and permanently exempted two video programmers from compliance… Continue Reading

TV Public Interest Obligations and Online Public Inspection File on Agenda for Next FCC Meeting

Posted in License Renewal, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
Online public files, detailed reports about virtually every program aired on a television station as to its source and whether it addressed various types of perceived community interests, and other paperwork requirements that would have required most television stations to hire a new employee just to deal with the burden, were all part of mandatory… Continue Reading

Broadcast Station Reminder: Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Programming Reports due October 10th

Posted in Children's Programming and Advertising, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
The end of September marks the close of the Third Quarter of 2011, which brings two quarterly filing obligations for broadcast stations.  The first obligation is that by October 10 all radio and television stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare and place in their public inspection file Quarterly Issues Programs Lists reporting on the important… Continue Reading