Recent Noteworthy Dates and Dates to Remember 

[This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all FCC filing deadlines and effective dates, but is intended to provide useful information regarding some of the key deadlines or effective dates that are upcoming or have recently occurred] 

Radio and Television License Renewal Application Deadlines

Ongoing:  Radio and Television License Renewal Application Deadlines - Radio station license renewal applications began in 2011, and television station license renewals began in 2012.  Deadline information is available here.  Please remember that stations must begin airing pre-filing announcements two months before the license renewal application deadline.

Ongoing:  Radio and Television Mid-Term Report Deadlines - Radio station mid-term reports begin in 2015, and television station mid-term reports begin in 2016.  Deadline information is available here

December 2015

December 1, 2015: Deadline for Placing Annual EEO Public File Reports in Station Public Inspection Files – Deadline for annual EEO Public File Reports for television and radio broadcast stations in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont.

December 2016 

December 19, 2016: Deadline For TV JSAs to Comply with Multiple Ownership Rules – Parties to a Joint Sales Agreement (JSA) in effect as of June 19, 2014, that do not comply with the multiple ownership rules, were given until June 19, 2016 to: bring the JSA into compliance (by, for example, reducing the amount of time sold to 15% or less of all weekly advertising time); seek a waiver of the rule; or terminate the agreement. The STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, enacted on December 4, 2014, extended the compliance deadline for six months, through December 19, 2016. For more information, please see our client memo here on the restrictions on television JSAs or contact your primary attorney in our office.