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Effective January 22, 2019: FCC’s Elimination of Paper Contract Filing Obligation for Broadcasters

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Ownership Rules

On January 22, 2019, the FCC’s Order eliminating broadcasters’ obligation to file paper copies of contracts pursuant to Section 73.3613 of the Commission’s rules will go into effect. Covered contracts include those related to network affiliations, control of station licenses, certain employment agreements, joint sales agreements (“JSAs”), and local marketing agreements (“LMAs”) (collectively, “Section 73.3613… Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Elimination of Broadcast Main Studio Rule

Posted in Broadcast Regulation

Update 6/2/2017: Based on today’s publication in the Federal Register, comments are due on July 3, with reply comments due July 17. On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which it proposed to eliminate the main studio rule for all services (including the associated minimum staffing… Continue Reading

FCC to Demonstrate New Online Public File Interface on June 13, 2016; New Rules Effective June 24, 2016

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Political Broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will hold a public demonstration of the expanded Online Public Inspection File (OPIF), which will replace the current Broadcast Public Inspection File (BPIF) and which television and radio stations, cable systems, and satellite television and radio systems will be required to use for their online public files. … Continue Reading

The New Online Public File Rules Go Into Effect on June 24, 2016

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Political Broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has announced that its new online public file rules, adopted in January of this year, will go into effect on June 24, 2016. Beginning on June 24, 2016, the following entities must place all new public file material into the online public file database: Commercial Radio Stations located… Continue Reading

New FCC Online Public File Requirements Approved by OMB; Effective Date Coming Soon

Posted in Broadcast Regulation

This morning, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the FCC’s new online public file requirements for radio stations, cable systems, DBS operators, and SDARS operators.  The rules are not yet effective, but will become effective on a rolling basis on the schedule below after an approval notice is published in the Federal Register. … Continue Reading

Online Political File Requirement Expands To All Television Stations On July 1, 2014

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Political Broadcasting

Broadcast television stations currently exempt from the FCC’s online political file requirement should prepare to upload political file information to the FCC’s online public file website beginning on July 1, 2014.  A Public Notice from the FCC’s Media Bureau reminded television stations outside of the top 50 markets or not associated with the top four… Continue Reading