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Second Post-Auction Filing Window to Open October 2

Posted in Broadcast Regulation

Repacked television stations that have been waiting patiently for their turn to request an alternate post-auction channel or an expanded facility–your time is coming.  The second filing window for the post-Incentive Auction repack will open on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 and continue through Thursday, November 2, 2017. The second window is open to all television… Continue Reading

Five Things Television Broadcasters Should Know About ATSC 3.0

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology

UPDATE (4/27/16):  The FCC has solicited comments on the Petition for Rulemaking.  Comments are due by May 26, 2016 and reply comments are due by June 27, 2016. There is a lot of buzz in the broadcast industry about ATSC 3.0.  Yesterday, a coalition of groups representing broadcasters and equipment manufacturers took an important step… Continue Reading

Auction Update: Confirm Your Station Coverage and Population Data

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum

In a Public Notice released yesterday, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced that the final version of the TVStudy software, which calculates television stations’ coverage areas for use in the Incentive Auction and subsequent repacking, is now available on the Commission’s LEARN website.  OET also released a preliminary table showing the baseline… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Use of “Last-In-First-Out” Method for Selling Political Ads

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Political Broadcasting

The FCC’s Media Bureau issued a Public Notice today seeking comment on a petition for declaratory ruling urging the Commission to prohibit stations’ use of the Last-In-First-Out (or “LIFO”) method of selling preemptible advertising time to political candidates or, if not prohibited, to require that stations using the LIFO method always give political candidates preemption… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Draft TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursement Form

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology, Spectrum

The FCC’s Media Bureau issued a Public Notice today seeking comment on a draft TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursement Form (“Reimbursement Form”), which broadcasters and MVPDs will use to submit information necessary to get reimbursed for their expenses incurred during the post-auction repacking process.  Comments on the Reimbursement Form are due October 27, 2014. Congress allocated… Continue Reading

Political Advertising 101: A Refresher Course for Very Busy People

Posted in Advertising Issues, Broadcast Regulation, Political Broadcasting

With campaign spending essentially unlimited, 2014 is certain to be another record-breaking year for political advertising sales.  Before the election season gets too hectic (if it isn’t already), we strongly recommend that all station staff handling political buys and/or maintaining the political file take some time to brush up on the key rules governing political… Continue Reading