LS Briefs

Comments on Proposal for New FM Class C4 Are Due August 18, 2014

In response to a request filed by SSR Communications, Inc., the FCC is accepting statements of support or opposition for a proposal to amend the broadcast separation rules to permit creation of a new class of FM station, tentatively called “Class C4.… Read More
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FCC Requires Closed Captioning of IP-Delivered Program "Clips" Beginning January 1, 2016

As we previously reported in our February 27 and March 30, 2012 memos, current FCC rules require that full-length programming broadcast on television with closed captions must include captions when the programming is subsequently delivered by internet… Read More
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Making Certain That Your Station's Internship Program Complies With Federal Labor Laws

According to recent news reports, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment was sued by a former unpaid intern claiming that the company’s unpaid internship program was illegal and that she, and other former interns, were entitled to back wages. The Clea… Read More
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Broadcasters' Copyright Royalty Claims for 2013 are Due by July 31, 2014

Pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, a cable or satellite system carrying secondary transmissions of broadcast stations must pay “compulsory license” royalties to the Register of Copyrights. These royalties are held in a pool to compensate e… Read More
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July 10, 2014 Quarterly Radio Deadline

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 significa… Read More
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July 10, 2014 Quarterly Television Deadlines

This memo highlights the July 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 July 10, 2014: Issue-Responsive Programming List for… Read More
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REMINDER: All TV Stations Will be Required to Post Political File Materials to Online FCC Public File Starting July 1, 2014

Starting July 1, 2014, all full-power and Class A television stations must upload to the FCC’s online public inspection files all material required to be placed in their political files. Only NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox affiliates in the top 50 Nielsen ma… Read More
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FCC Adopts New Standards under the CALM Act

On June 4, 2014, the FCC issued its Second Report and Order making minor changes to the rules implementing the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act). The FCC has adopted a successor Recommended Practice (the “Successor RP”) ap… Read More
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New Restrictions on Television Joint Sales Agreements Take Effect on June 19, 2014

Restrictions on Television Joint Sales Agreements Beginning June 19, 2014, joint sales agreements that allow one television station to sell more than 15% of the advertising time of another television station in the same market will be deemed an “attr… Read More
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FCC Ban on Joint Negotiation of Retransmission Consent by Separately Owned, Top 4 Stations in the Same DMA Will Become Effective on June 18, 2014

Effective June 18, 2014, separately owned television stations that are ranked in the top four stations in a DMA will not be able to jointly negotiate retransmission consent with multichannel video programming distributors. Under revisions to Section 76… Read More
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