FCC Streamlines Process for Transferring Terrestrial Satellite TV Stations

Last week the FCC changed its rules regarding the transfer of terrestrial TV satellite stations. Television satellite stations are full-power terrestrial broadcast stations that generally re-transmit some or all of the programming of a parent station.  If a satellite station is assigned or transferred to another owner and the new owner wishes to continue operating the station as a satellite, the new owner must seek re-authorization, a process that until today required the same evidentiary showing necessary for an initial authorization.  Last week’s FCC action reduces the costs and burdens of this re-authorization process by permitting assignment and transfer applicants to use streamlined procedures when there has been no material change in the underlying circumstances supporting the satellite station’s existing authorization.

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