By April 10, 2021, full power and Class A television stations must file quarterly reports for the first quarter of 2021.
Documents That Must Be Uploaded to Each Station’s Online Public Inspection File by April 10, 2021:
• All commercial and noncommercial television stations: Issues-Responsive Programming List for programming broadcast between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021.
• Class A TV stations only: Documentation that the station continues to meet Class A eligibility requirements.
Here is a description of the reports that stations must file:
I. Issues-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 issues.
II. 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.
If you have any questions about these ongoing recordkeeping obligations, please contact any attorney in our office.