Under the FCC’s current LMA rules, news programming under the terms of these agreements may not exceed 15% of the brokered station’s weekly programming hours. Thus, provision of programming in excess of 15% of the brokered television station’s weekly programming hours may result in violation of the Local Television Ownership Rule.
During the period that the COVID-19 outbreak remains a national emergency, individual licensees may request temporary waivers of the Local Television Ownership Rule to provide more news coverage to brokered stations than is currently provided by existing LMA arrangements if such additional coverage would exceed 15% of their current weekly programming hours.
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