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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 four non-technical quality standards as the touchstones by which effective closed captioning of programming will be judged: accuracy; synchronicity; program completeness; and placement. The nature of the material broadcast – pre-recorded, live, or near-live programming – determine the extent to whi… Read More

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 significant treatment of community issues during the preceding three-month period. The listing is to provide a brief narrative statement that identifies the issues that were given significant treatment, and describes the programs in which the issues were addressed. Each program description must include, at… Read More

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 List for programming broadcast between January 1 and March 31, 2014 (all Commercial and Noncommercial Stations) Documentation of Compliance with Children’s Advertising Limits (Commercial Stations Only) Documentation that the station continues to meet Class A eligibility requirements (Class A TV Statio… Read More

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 the involuntary channel changes resulting from the “repacking” of broadcast spectrum following the incentive auction. The Report recognizes the challenges which will be faced by the broadcasting industry in repacking; because the auction procedures are not yet established, and the amount of spectrum… Read More

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 candidates who wish to purchase time for “uses” relating to their campaign cannot be charged more than the lowest unit rate for the same class and amount of advertising time for the same time period as regular commercial spot or program time that airs beginning 45 days before a primary, caucus, or primar… Read More

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 FM station that had been licensed for four years, the Audio Division found that the station’s extended periods of silence – 364 days, followed by another 358 days after a brief period of operation – called into question whether the station was serving the public interest, even though the st… Read More

Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia begin on Friday, February 7, 2014. Because the Olympic organizing committees have in the past been quite vigilant in protecting the trademarks and copyrights associated with the Olympics, broadcast stations should be extremely careful not to use any materials that could infringe on these property rights, as outlined in the following general guidelines. These concerns also apply to the use of trademarks and symbols relating to the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, which begin on Friday, March 7, 2014. U… Read More

Annual Minimum SoundExchange Payments for Music Streaming Are Due January 31, 2014

Commercial and noncommercial entities streaming sound recordings over the Internet under statutory licensing are reminded that the annual minimum webcasting fee for 2014 is due to be paid to SoundExchange no later than January 31, 2014. The annual minimum fee payment is $500 per channel or station, up to a maximum of $50,000 in the case of commercial broadcasters. The minimum fee is nonrefundable and credited against any additional royalty fees payable by the webcaster in 2014. Each minimum fee payment must be accompanied by a service-specific… Read More

Broadcasts / Promotions Related to Super Bowl XLVIII

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium outside of New York City. The National Football League diligently protects its copyright and trademark rights associated with the Super Bowl. If your station plans to conduct Super Bowl-related promotions or contests, it should obtain all necessary licenses, and otherwise not infringe the NFL’s rights. Even if your station has obtained rights to broadcast the Super Bowl, it may not have the separate advertising or promotional rights that would allow it to use the Super Bowl… Read More

January 10 Quarterly Radio Deadlines

The FCC requires that within ten days after the end of each calendar quarter, each 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 significant treatment of community issues during the preceding three-month period. The listing is to include a brief narrative statement that identifies the issues that were given significant treatment, and describes the programs in which the issues were addressed. Each program description must include, at a… Read More