October Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewals, Broadcast Ownership Filings, Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, Rulemaking Comment Dates and More

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As we enter the last quarter of the year, the broadcasters’ October calendar is full of important regulatory dates and deadlines. It is again time for full-power and Class A broadcasters to upload quarterly issues/programs lists to their station’s public file.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  October 2, 2021 to October 8, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC published its broadcast station totals as of September 30.

This Week in Regulation For Broadcasters:  October 9, 2021 to October 15, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Watch for more on this proceeding in our Broadcast Law Blog this week.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  September 25, 2021 to October 1, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The use of DIRS by broadcasters is currently optional.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 31, 2021 to August 6, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  September 4, 2021 to September 10, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: September 18, 2021 to September 24, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments from the last week of significance to broadcasters , with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Broadcast Law Blog ).

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 26, 2021 to July 2, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: May 8, 2021 to May 14, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In addition, the Commissioner stated that a proposal is now circulating among the Commissioners to regularly gather details from broadcasters on the race and gender of their employees. The FCC in the previous week announced ten additional consent decrees with other broadcasters.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: August 7, 2021 to August 13, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

August Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: National EAS Test, License Renewals, EEO Reporting, Political Broadcasting Rules Proposals, Media Ownership Comments, Annual Regulatory Fees, and More

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All broadcasters should have August 11 circled and highlighted on their calendars as the date of the next National EAS Test. By the day after the test, August 12, broadcasters must file Form Two in the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) portal with “day of test” information.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 24, 2021 to July 30, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

Defamation by Tweet – Court Case Reminds Broadcasters to Take Cease and Desist Requests about Attack Ads Seriously

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As we have written before , broadcasters are immune from civil liability for defamation claims when they broadcast an ad from the campaign of a legally qualified candidate, as a station cannot censor a candidate ad.

FCC Audits Another 200 Broadcast Stations on EEO Performance

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These non-vacancy specific outreach efforts, which are outlined as “ menu options ” in the FCC’s rules, are designed to educate the community about broadcast employment positions and to train employees for more senior roles in broadcasting.

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 3, 2021 to July 9, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Revised fees for broadcast applications will take effect July 15.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 10, 2021 to July 16, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 5, 2021 to June 11, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In news about a broadcast competitor, Rep.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: August 21, 2021 to August 27, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

Bills Introduced to Bring Back Tax Certificate to Foster Diversity in Broadcast Ownership – Exploring the Proposals

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The tax certificate offers perhaps the most meaningful route to increasing diversity in broadcast ownership. The minority tax certificate was a program designed to provide broadcasters with an economic incentive to sell their stations to minority owners.

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September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Regulatory Fees, Media Ownership and Sponsorship Identification Comments, Auction Applications, and More

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One date is applicable to all commercial broadcasters, the obligation to pay regulatory fees. Note that the NAB and two other broadcast organizations have also filed a Petition for Review in the D.C.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 19, 2021 to June 25, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  September 11, 2021 to September 17, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 17, 2021 to July 23, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  June 12, 2021 to June 18, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

Important Dates for Broadcasters in 2019 – A Broadcaster’s Calendar

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While the shutdown of the Federal government delayed FCC activities in January, with the government back in business (hopefully for the long term), we have put together a Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters for 2019 , available here. While this is not a comprehensive list of all regulatory dates that a broadcaster can expect, and while there can be some changes in these dates as the year goes on, it does provide a start keeping you on top of your regulatory burdens.

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, The End of Analog TV, EAS Test Registration Requirement, Radio and TV Rulemakings, and More

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While summer has started and minds wander to vacation time, there are still many regulatory obligations to which a broadcaster must pay attention in July. July 13 brings a momentous date in the history of television – the end of analog broadcasting.

Celebrating 15 Years of the Broadcast Law Blog

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In fact, I’m amazed by all the different groups of readers – broadcasters and employees of digital media companies, attorneys and members of the financial community, journalists, regulators, and even students and teachers. Broadcasting is no longer an island unto itself.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: August 14, 2021 to August 20, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Broadcast Law Blog article). .

Closing Out the Incentive Auction and TV Repack – FCC Reminds Broadcasters of End Dates for Submitting Invoices for Repacking Expenses

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The Commission’s staff this week issued a Public Notice reminding broadcasters that the reimbursement program for those broadcasters displaced by the repacking of the television band after the incentive auction is coming to an end. The FCC reminded broadcasters eligible for reimbursement (including certain FM stations and LPTV licensees – see our article here ) that deadlines to submit invoices for reimbursement will start in six months.

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: April 17, 2021 to April 23, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. At the FCC’s regular monthly Open Meeting, the Commissioners voted to adopt new rules mandating sponsorship identification of foreign government-provided broadcast programming.

Important Dates for Broadcasters in 2019 – A Broadcaster’s Calendar

Broadcast Law Blog

While the shutdown of the Federal government delayed FCC activities in January, with the government back in business (hopefully for the long term), we have put together a Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters for 2019 , available here. While this is not a comprehensive list of all regulatory dates that a broadcaster can expect, and while there can be some changes in these dates as the year goes on, it does provide a start keeping you on top of your regulatory burdens.

June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewal and EEO Filings, Comments and Replies, Auction Upfront Payments, Streaming Rates Announcement, and More

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Broadcasters could be forgiven for not having regulatory dates and deadlines on the top of their minds. June 3 is also the due date for comments on the FCC’s proposed increase in broadcast regulatory fees , which will be due before October 1. We wrote here and here about the FCC’s tentative plan that raises the fees to be paid by most broadcasters. As the calendar flips to June, pandemic restrictions across the country continue to loosen, and we inch closer to summer.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: April 3, 2021 to April 9, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments from the last week of significance to broadcasters, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The National Association of Broadcasters this week announced that its CEO, Gordon Smith, will be stepping down at the end of the year to be replaced by COO, and former head of Government Relations at the NAB, Curtis LeGeyt.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: May 15, 2021 to May 21, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. As we noted in updates over the last three weeks ( here and here ), the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sets out its tentative plan for assessing broadcast regulatory fees to be collected before October 1 of this year.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  August 28, 2021 to September 3, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

Fox Urges End to Broadcast Indecency Limits

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The broadcaster says that if the FCC continues to police broadcast airwaves, the agency should restrain itself to monitoring the equivalent of "shock treatment." Television Fox Broadcasting Corporation FCC Business The Parents Television Council erupts in outrage. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  April 24, 2021 to April 30, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC’s new rules that permit AM broadcasters to convert to all-digital operations became effective April 29.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: April 10, 2021 to April 16, 2021

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Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. According to press reports, broadcasters should pencil in August 11, 2021 on their calendars for the next national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Broadcast Law Blog article ).

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FCC Incubator Order Becomes Effective Just as Third Circuit Hears Arguments on 2017 Order Relaxing FCC Broadcast Ownership Rules

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The Office of Management and Budget, acting pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, has just approved the FCC’s broadcast incubator program , about which we wrote here. That approval makes the program effective. The program permits an established broadcaster to provide assistance to a new broadcaster (generally, a qualified small business) to enter the radio broadcast industry.

Preparing for the 2020 Elections – Our Updated Political Broadcasting Guide

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To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules they need to follow in connection with such advertising, we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters (note that the URL for the updated version has not changed from prior versions, so your bookmarks should continue to work). In the upcoming months, I will be doing a number of seminars on these rules for various broadcast associations – watch for announcements on those in the coming months.

Comcast Beats Spanish-Language Broadcaster's Discrimination Complaint

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The FCC says that Liberman Broadcasting, owner of Estrella TV, isn't a “video programming vendor” and thus can't make its case. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Broadcasters Settle Copyright Dispute With FilmOn

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The development occurs after CBS, Fox, and NBC score a March victory at one appellate circuit with other decisions loomings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Biber on Broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius Trial

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Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law, is publishing Dignity in the Digital Age: Broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius Trial in Crime, Media, Culture 2018. Here is the abstract. Oscar Pistorius was tried for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp