Upcoming FCC Deadlines
Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists
July 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 April, May, and June 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 July 10.
July 10: TV stations must file their 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 Second 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.
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.
As we recently reported, changes may be on the way for children’s programming reports and related obligations, but for now stations should continue to operate in the normal course.
Quarterly TV Transition Progress Report
July 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. Phase 5 stations do not need to file this quarter because they recently submitted their 10-week Schedule 387 filings.
Copyright Royalty Claims
Between July 1 and July 31: All television stations that were carried as a “distant signal” by a cable system during 2018 and that aired a program that they produced for which they own the copyright that was retransmitted by a cable system, should file a copyright royalty claim form between July 1-31, 2019, to share in the 2018 cable royalty distribution.
National EAS Test
August 7: National EAS test. ETRS Form Two is due same-day. ETRS Form Three must be filed by September 23.
August or September: All broadcast stations must pay annual regulatory fees. We will be in touch with specific amounts owed once this information becomes available from the FCC.
Pre-filing License Renewal Announcements for Radio
October 1: Radio stations in Georgia must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on their stations.
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.
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.