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Online Public File Requirement for TV Broadcasters Effective August 2, 2012

Posted in Public Interest Obligations/Localism
  The FCC has announced that the obligation for television broadcast stations to post their public inspection files online will become effective August 2, 2012, absent a stay requested by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which has appealed the rule to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Absent a stay, the rule requires… 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

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

FCC Meeting to Consider LPFM Reform, Public Interest Requirements for TV Stations, and Minority Ownership Proposals

Posted in EEO Compliance/Diversity, FM Translators and LPFM, Multiple Ownership Rules, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
The FCC has released the agenda for its Open Meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 27.  The agenda is full of issues of importance to broadcasters, and several items may resolve issues that may be troubling – including issues relating to low power FM stations (LPFM) and resolving a long outstanding proceeding concerning the possibility of mandatory public… Continue Reading

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

Posted in AM Radio, Children's Programming and Advertising, Digital Television, FM Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
A reminder to all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, that Quarterly Issues Programs Lists reporting on the important issues facing the stations’ communities, and the programs aired in the months of July, August, and September dealing with those issues must be prepared and placed in the stations’ public inspection file by… Continue Reading

Enhanced Public Interest Requirements for TV Too?

Posted in Digital Radio, Digital Television, License Renewal, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
In our recent summary of the Commission’s order on Digital Radio, we wrote about the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that raised specific proposals to adopt new rules regulating the public interest obligations of radio broadcasters.  These proposals included the possible requirements for a standardized disclosure form for a stations public service programs, limits on a… Continue Reading

Comment Date on Status of Home Shopping Television Stations Extended

Posted in Cable Carriage, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
We recently wrote about the FCC’s proceeding to assess the status of stations that are primarily home shopping in nature – to determine if such stations are serving the public interest and are entitled to must carry status on cable systems.  The FCC has just issued an Order extending the comment deadline in that proceeding. … Continue Reading