FCC Filing Requirements in the New Year

The New Year brings with it a number of FCC filing requirements.  So while you recover from the COVID Holidays, keep in mind that you must upload a number of documents into you public file.  Remember the FCC now has the ability to examine this file in real time.  All materials uploaded are date stamped, so the FCC will know if you have not filed these documents in a timely manner.  Here are some important dates:

January 10th –  Issues Programs Lists – All full power radio and TV stations, commercial and noncommercial, must upload to their online public inspection files their Quarterly Issues Programs lists, listing the most important issues facing their communities in the last quarter of 2020 and the programs that they broadcast in October, November and December that addressed those issues

February 1st – Children’s TV Reports – Television stations should be preparing to file their annual Children’s Television Programming Report (Form 2100, Schedule H – formerly Form 398) and certification of compliance with commercial limits in their children’s programming.  Because January 31st falls on a Sunday, the forms are due February 1st.  Remember this report is for an entire year, not just the 4th quarter of 2020.

Information on these requirements and additional filings due at the FCC in the coming months can be found in a recent blog by noted FCC Attorney David Oxenford.  To see David’s analysis click HERE.

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