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FCC Eliminates the Main Studio Rule and Begins Proceeding to Eliminate Additional Broadcast Regulations

On October 24, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating the 80-year old requirement that TV and radio broadcasters maintain a main studio and locate employees in or near their community of license. The decision...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

By October 10, 2017, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

Reminder: Nationwide EAS Test September 27, 2017

On September 27, 2017 the FCC will conduct a nationwide Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) test as described in this Public Notice. After the nationwide test occurs, all Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) participants, which includes...more

9/26/2017  /  Emergency Alerts , FCC

Attention Repacked TV Broadcasters: First Priority Filing Window Opens August 9th

On July 31, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the dates of the first priority filing window for broadcast stations reassigned to new channels as a result of the Incentive Auction. For eligible TV stations, the...more

Deadlines Approaching for September Nationwide EAS Test

On July 24, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a nationwide Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) test on September 27, 2017, and reminded EAS Participants, which includes all cable television systems, TV stations,...more

Service Providers Must Re-Register Designated Agents by December 31st to Continue DMCA Safe-Harbor Protection

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a great deal of protection to Internet service providers that maintain an online presence (e.g. through the use of a website) through specially defined “safe harbors.” We...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

By July 10, 2017, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during April, May and June...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

By April 10, 2017, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February...more

FCC Approves First 100% Foreign Owner of US Broadcast Stations

On March 31, 2017, Frontier Media, LLC will close on its purchase of 15 radio stations (8 FM/7 AM) in Alaska, Texas and Arkansas, becoming the first 100 percent foreign owned entity to own U.S. broadcast stations. The Federal...more

FCC Releases Details on Channel Sharing Permitted Outside of the Incentive Auction

After consistently calling for more transparency in the FCC rulemaking process during his time as a minority Commissioner, now Chairman Ajit Pai is making good on his promise. In a significant departure from the secrecy that...more

3/7/2017  /  Broadcasting , FCC , Transparency

FCC Eliminates Two Public File Requirements: One for Broadcasters and One for Cable Operators

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai chaired his first Commission meeting yesterday with a slimmed-down Commission consisting of two Republicans (Pai and Michael O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Mignon Clyburn). The FCC will likely be back...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; Class A TV...

By Jan. 10, 2017, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during October, November...more

FCC Extends Deadline to Comply with Requirement to Provide Visual Emergency Information in Audio Format

On Nov. 16, 2016, the FCC issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order that extended the deadline to comply with Section 79.2(b)(2)(ii) of the FCC’s rules for 18 months. This rule requires that emergency information provided...more

11/23/2016  /  Broadcasting , FCC , Waivers

FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Incentive Auction Station Repack Plan

On September 30, 2016, the FCC issued a 51-page Public Notice describing the FCC’s proposed plan to repack broadcast television stations over a 39-month transition period subsequent to the completion of the incentive auction....more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

By October 10, 2016, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2016

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2016 fiscal year. Fees must be paid by 11:59 pm Eastern time on September 27, although the FCC‘s Fee Filer is accepting fees now. As in...more

Contested FCC Media Ownership Order Leaves Rules Largely Unchanged

After failing to complete the required Quadrennial Review of its media ownership rules for nearly a decade, on August 25, 2016, the FCC released a Second Report and Order signaling the completion of both its 2010 and 2014...more

Nationwide EAS Test Now Just One Month Away

As the summer winds down and the weather cools off, action around the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) is heating up. Hopefully by now, if you are an EAS participant, which includes all cable television systems, radio...more

EAS Test Reporting System Deadline Fast Approaching

All Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) Participants must complete EAS Test Reporting System (“ETRS”) Form One on or before August 26, 2016. This would include all cable television systems, TV stations, radio stations and low...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

By July 10, 2016, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during April, May and June...more

FCC Announces Effective Date for Expanded Online Public File Requirement

In our Memorandum of January 28, 2016, we described the FCC’s expansion of the online public file requirement to cable TV, DBS, broadcast and satellite radio stations. Until now, only TV stations have been required to keep...more

Proposed EAS Rules Mark a Greater Role for New Media Platforms and Increased Importance for Social Media in Delivering EAS Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM” or “Proposed EAS Rules”) in January, proposing improvements to the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alerts...more

Broadcast Station Reminder — Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits;...

By April 10, 2016, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February...more

FCC Expands Online Public File Requirements to Cable TV, DBS, and Broadcast and Satellite Radio

The online public file requirement has been applicable to broadcast TV stations only. At its open meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously agreed to expand the requirement to keep public and...more

FCC Provides Application Details for TV Stations Participating in Reverse Incentive Auction

In previous advisories dated Aug. 6, 2015 and Aug. 13, 2015, we provided an overview of the FCC’s incentive auction due to begin next year. The FCC has now released a lengthy Public Notice describing the application...more

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