Call it a Thanksgiving pardon for broadcasters and their attorneys: the FCC has issued an Order extending until December 20, 2013 the deadline for commercial full-power AM, FM, TV, LPTV, and Class A stations and entities with attributable interests to file their biennial ownership reports .

As we previously reported, the FCC had earlier extended the deadline from November 1, 2013 to December 2, 2013.  However, the FCC’s CDBS system, which hosts the reports, was unavailable during the government shut down, making it impossible for filers to access previous reports or to prepare their current reports.  Despite the extension, the Order encourages filers to submit their reports as early as possible–a suggestion with which we concur given the system’s propensity to grind to a halt near major filing deadlines.

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