LS Briefs

Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2014 World Cup

The 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil on June 12, 2014.  At least one game will be played every day for the first two weeks and the final game will be held in Rio De Janeiro on July 13.  The FédérationInternationale de Football Association (“FI… Read More
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FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling and Seeks Further Comment on Closed Captioning Rules and Practices

As we have previously reviewed here, the FCC recently adopted new and more comprehensive rules for closed captioning on television broadcasts.  As a part of its review of these rules, the FCC adopted a Declaratory Ruling, which was made effective imm… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

FCC Seeks Comment on Network Non-Duplication and Syndication Exclusivity Rules

The FCC has adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) seeking comment on whether to eliminate or modify its rules protecting stations’ network non-duplication and syndicated programming exclusivity rights.  These rules provide st… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

All Full-Power and Class A Television Stations Must Upload New Political File Material to FCC Online Public Files Beginning July 1, 2014

Currently, only stations affiliated with the four national broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) located in the top 50 Nielsen markets are required to post their political files to each station’s FCC-hosted online public inspection file. Howev… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

FCC Adopts Changes to Rules for TV Closed Captioning Using Electronic Newsroom Technique

The FCC has approved new and more comprehensive rules for television closed captioning in a Report and Order.  The purpose of these rules is to make television programming more accessible to people who are deaf or hearing impaired.  The FCC defined… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

April 10, 2014 Quarterly Radio Deadlines

The FCC requires that within ten days after the end of each calendar quarter, every commercial and non-commercial AM and FM station must prepare and place in its local public inspection file a list of the programs that have provided the most signifi… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

April 10, 2014 Quarterly Television Deadlines Issue-Responsive Programming Lists, Children's Television Programming Reports, and Children's Advertising Documentation

This memo highlights the April 10, 2014 quarterly deadlines applicable to all full power and Class A TV Stations. Documents That Must Be Uploaded Into Each Station’s Online Public Inspection File By April 10, 2014: Issue-Responsive Programming L… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

FCC Seeks Comment on Report Outlining Potential Costs and Expenses Associated with Repacking Following the Broadcast Television Incentive Auction

The FCC has released a report prepared by Widelity Inc. — Response to the Federal Communications Commission for the Broadcaster Transition Study Solicitation, available here — which identifies and analyzes the processes and costs of… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

2014 Political Broadcasting Requirements

To help you comply with the many federal laws and the FCC and FEC regulations governing political broadcasting, we have prepared an updated version of the Political Broadcasting Requirements memo, available here.  Legally qualified political cand… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

Short-Term License Renewal Results from Lengthy Station Silence

By refusing to grant a full-term license renewal to one station, the Audio Division of the FCC’s Media Bureau has issued a strong warning to broadcasters that allow their stations to remain silent for long periods of time. In a case involving a Texas… Read More
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Categories: Broadcast and Media

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