On December 18, members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to require terrestrial or conventional radio stations to compensate performing artists and their record labels when they broadcast their work.
At an open meeting on December 18, 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Report on the results of its “Localism Proceeding” along with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comments on the tentative findings included in the Report. The findings are based on a series of public hearings that took place around the country and on the public comments filed with the FCC in response to its Localism Notice of Inquiry released on July 1, 2004 (MB Docket 04-233). The texts of the Report and NPRM have not yet been released.
Content of the Quarterly List
The next Quarterly Issues/Programs List (“Quarterly List”) must be placed in stations’ local public inspection files by January 10, 2008, reflecting information for the months of October, November, and December. The FCC’s recent action adopting a new program report form, which is intended to replace the Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, will not have any effect on this fourth quarter public file requirement.
The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ local Public Inspection Files by January 10, 2008, reflecting programming aired during the months of October, November, and December.
- FCC Fines Texas Radio Station $3,600 for Failure to Respond to Commission Correspondence
- Commission Fines Private Land Mobile Radio Service Licensee $6,500 for Failure to Renew
- FCC Issues Several Notices for Spurious Emissions and EAS Violations
Annual DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report for Commercial Digital Television Stations
Each commercial and noncommercial educational television broadcast station that has received its digital television license must file FCC Form 317 to report whether its station provided ancillary or supplemental services at any time during the twelve-month period ending on the preceding September 30. Only licensed DTV stations must file. Those operating pursuant to Special Temporary Authority or Program Test Authority need not file. The FCC Form 317 is due by December 1, 2007. Electronic filing of FCC Form 317 is mandatory. Paper versions will not be accepted for filing after October 31, 2006 unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver.
This Broadcast Station EEO Advisory is directed to radio and television stations licensed to communities in: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont, and highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO rule.