January 16, 20182018: Important Dates For All Broadcasters
The first quarter of 2018 brings three important dates to the calendar of all broadcasters. First up is the final AM cross-service translator filing window in the FCC's AM Revitalization Project. Then, March "Comes In Like a Lion" with two more important deadlines for all broadcasters, television and radio. On March 1st, 2018, the two-year online public file grace period expires. All stations, even those outside the top-50 markets, noncommercial educational stations and stations with fewer than five full-time employees, must complete the transition to the FCC online public file and it must be active and up to date.
Then one day later, on March 2nd, 2018 all stations must have filed their 2017 biennial ownership report. So, let's take them one at a time.
January 9, 2018Cannabis Advertising
On January 4th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a big step backward. He announced that the Department of Justice rescinded the "Cole Memo" and other internal enforcement guidelines, issued under the Obama Administration that de-prioritized enforcement of federal ...
November 7, 2017Towers Troubles Ahead
Tower issues are coming to the forefront for nearly every communications service, and FM radio is certainly not left out. FM radio is implicated primarily because of the TV repack; a consequence of the FCC's television incentive reverse auction. While many radio ...
October 24, 2017FCC Eliminates Main Studio Rule
As expected, the FCC today eliminated the broadcast main studio rule by a strict party line vote. Approving were Chairman Pai and Commissioners O'Rielly and Carr. Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissented. The Order retains the requirement that stations maintain ...
October 3, 2017New Developments In Non-Competes
I have written about noncompetition agreements in the broadcasting industry before. See (December 8, 2008) (January 8, 2013) (January 22, 2013). In an industry so focused on the development and promotion of personalities and distinguishing its information and ...
September 19, 20172017 Regulatory Fees Now Due
ONE WEEK OUT!! As you should already know, the FCC deadline for payment of fiscal year 2017 regulatory fees is September, 26. We are now one week out. Reg Fees must be paid by September 26th, 2017 (11:5p ET). Fees are owed on all authorizations held on October 1st, ...
July 25, 2017WARNING BELL - Online Public File for All
We are only 30 days away from the six-month warning bell when all radio all broadcasters must be have their FCC online public file fully functional. Broadcasters who are mindful of their public file responsibilities will recall that in June 2016, the online public file ...
July 13, 2017FM Translator Window 3: Change In Policy
The FCC will accept FM Translator Window 3 Applications from proposed assignees of on file assignment applications for AM Class C and Class D AM stations. Given the extremely short filing window, a critical problem was presented by the requirement that applications ...
June 20, 2017AM Cross-Service FM Translators - Round 3 - July 26th - August 2nd - Start Your Engines
Kicking off the first summer month of 2017, on June 1st the FCC released the much-anticipated the third round in new FM translators for AM stations. The first of two new FM cross-service translator auction filing windows were announced for July 26th through August 2nd. ...
May 9, 2017Employment 'Broad Outreach' - What Is It Now?
The FCC has just released declaratory ruling that broad outreach in hiring may now be achieved under its rules solely with Internet notice, provided certain standards are met. To understand this development, a little history is useful. It is nearly 15 years since the ...