Upcoming FCC Deadlines

Upcoming FCC Deadlines

Pre-filing License Renewal Announcements for Radio

October 1: Radio stations in Georgia must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on their stations. Announcements also should air on October 16, November 1, and November 16.

Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists

October 10: All full power AM, FM, Class A TV and full power TV stations must place their quarterly issues/programs lists in their station public inspection files.  The issues/programs list should include details of important issues affecting a station’s community, and the station’s programming aired during July, August, and September that addressed those issues.  The list should include the time, date, duration and title of each program, along with a brief description of each program and how that program relates to the relevant community issue.  At a minimum, it is recommended that at least 6 to 10 issues be identified on the list, as well as a number of programs responsive to each issue.  It is advisable to include PSAs and other community-oriented programming in the quarterly list, although PSAs alone are not sufficient evidence of community-oriented programming.

Stations must upload their quarterly issues/programs list to their online public file by October 10.

Children’s Programming

October 10: TV stations must file their (final) quarterly FCC Form 398 children’s programming reports electronically with the FCC, using the FCC’s Licensing and Management System (LMS).  A copy of the form, once filed, should be automatically uploaded by the FCC to the station’s online public inspection file, although station personnel should confirm this step was completed by the FCC, as stations retain ultimate responsibility for the contents of their online public files.  TV stations must also complete a certification of compliance with the FCC’s commercial limits during children’s programming aired in the Third Quarter, and that certification must be manually uploaded to the station’s online public file.  TV stations also must complete a certification of compliance with the requirements concerning the display of website addresses during children’s programming.  The FCC will be moving to an annual children’s program report in January 2020.

TV stations are reminded to periodically publicize the existence and location of the station’s Form 398 reports, in the form of periodic on-air announcements and website information.  (The FCC has eliminated this requirement, but the rule change has not been approved by OMB yet).

Quarterly TV Transition Progress Report

October 10:  TV stations that are being repacked must submit an FCC Form 2100, Schedule 387 transition progress report.  Quarterly reports are due the 10th of the month following the end of each calendar quarter, and additional reports are due closer to the station’s phase completion date and after completing the transition.

Radio Renewals

December 2: FCC Form 303-S license renewal applications must be filed by AM, FM, FM translator, and Low Power FM stations in Georgia.  Stations must also file an FCC Form 396 EEO report by this date (except LPFMs).  Stations should have already aired their pre-filing renewal announcement on October 1, 2019.  The next pre-filing announcement must be broadcast on October 16, 2019.

EEO Annual Public File Report

December 2: Annual EEO audit reports must be placed in station public inspections files, and on station websites, by December 2.

Biennial Ownership Reports

November 1, 2019-January 31, 2020: All commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations must file a biennial ownership report between November 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020, with ownership information accurate as of October 1, 2019.

License Renewal Applications for Radio

December 2: FCC Form 303-S license renewal applications must be filed by AM, FM, FM translator, and Low Power FM stations in Georgia.  Stations must also file an FCC Form 396 EEO report by this date.

Post-Filing Announcements should be broadcast on December 1, December 16, January 1, January 16, February 1, and February 16.