October 10, 2019 Deadline for Quarterly Television Reports

Below are the quarterly reports that full power and Class A television stations must file for the Third Quarter of 2019:

Documents That Must Be Uploaded to Each Station’s Online Public Inspection File by October 10, 2019:

  • All commercial and noncommercial television stations: Issue-Responsive Programming List for programming broadcast between July 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019
  • Commercial stations only: Documentation of compliance with Children’s Advertising Limits
  • Class A TV stations only: Documentation that the station continues to meet Class A eligibility requirements

FCC Filings Due by October 10, 2019:

  • Commercial stations only: Children’s Television Programming Report. This is the last quarterly KidVid report that television stations will file. The report should only cover programming that aired between July 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019. Television stations will begin filing their reports on an annual (instead of quarterly) basis beginning on January 30, 2020, with the first annual report covering programming aired between September 16, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  • Repacked full power and Class A stations, and transitioning stations: Progress Report

I. Issue-Responsive Programming Lists

Commercial and noncommercial television and Class A stations must prepare and place in their public inspection files a list of programs that have provided the most significant treatment of community issues during the previous quarter. The listing should include a brief narrative statement that identifies the issues that were given significant treatment, and should describe the programs in which the issues were addressed. Each program description must include the date, time, and title of the program, the duration of each responsive programming segment, and a brief explanation of how the programming addressed the issue(s).

II. Records Verifying Compliance with Children’s Advertising Limits

Commercial television stations must upload into their online public inspection files documentation verifying compliance with the children’s television advertising limits during the previous quarter. This documentation must identify the programs that were subject to the limits and describe any instances of non-compliance.

III. Documentation of Continued Class A Eligibility

Class A television stations must maintain documentation in their public inspection files demonstrating compliance with both of the Class A eligibility requirements: (i) the broadcast of a minimum of 18 hours per day; and (ii) the broadcast of an average of at least three hours per week of locally produced programming each quarter. We recommend that Class A stations place a statement of compliance in their public inspection files on a quarterly basis.

IV. Children’s Television Programming Report

Commercial television and Class A stations must file a Children’s Television Programming Report with the FCC. The report documents compliance with the children’s educational programming requirements during the preceding quarter.

V. Repack Progress Report Filings

All full power and Class A TV stations that are being repacked (except those stations that have fully completed the repack process), and all television stations transitioning to new channels as a result of the Broadcast Incentive Auction, must file a quarterly Progress Report with the FCC by October 10, 2019. Such stations include band-changing stations and displaced Class A stations.

If you have any questions about these ongoing recordkeeping and related obligations, please contact any attorney in our office.

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