Mark Your Calendar for the 28th Annual FCBA Charity Auction

By | October 20th, 2017|Legal News|

It’s that time again – time to get dressed to the nines for a night of bidding, imbibing, and banter all for a good cause. Pull up your calendars and mark Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 for the 28th Annual FCBA Charity Auction hosted by the FCBA Young Lawyers Committee. This event is the place to...… Continue Reading

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Reminder: EAS National Test Scheduled for Wednesday, September 27

By | September 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

ETRS Form 2 Due Same Day (Except for Hurricane-Impacted EAS Participants) Assuming that it is not delayed due to a real national emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC are still scheduled to conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Sept. 27, 2017, at 2:20 PM EDT. As we...… Continue Reading

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Incentive Auction Second Priority Filing Window Opens: What to Know

By | September 21st, 2017|Legal News|

On Sept. 20, the FCC announced the second filing window for all full power and Class A television stations receiving new channel assignment as part of the post-incentive auction repack. The filing window will open Oct. 3 and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Nov. 2. During this “second priority” filing window, all eligible stations...… Continue Reading

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Regulatory Fee Deadline Extended for Those Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

By | September 20th, 2017|Legal News|

As readers should know by now, annual FCC Regulatory Fees are due to be paid by no later than September 26 by all FCC regulatees. However, in recognition of the havoc caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma the FCC has has extended the deadline for regulatees in the areas impacted by those storms (which the...… Continue Reading

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Online Public File to Bring New Scrutiny to Issues/Programs Lists

By | September 13th, 2017|Legal News|

Believe it or not, the date by which all radio stations must have their complete public files online is now less than six months away. Television stations have been dealing with this reality for several years now, as have large stations in large markets for the past couple of years. Now, every radio station, both...… Continue Reading

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FCC’s September Agenda Packed with Proposed ‘Modernizations’

By | September 7th, 2017|Legal News|

Main Studio and Paper Rules on the Chopping Block, AM Revitalization on the Way It’s shaping up to be a busy few months for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. And did you know September is Modernization Month? Well, at least according to Chairman Pai it is. Today, the Chairman announced a new initiative to curtail, or...… Continue Reading

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FCC Activates DIRS for Second Time in Two Weeks as Irma Approaches

By | September 6th, 2017|Legal News|

Just a week after Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc in Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, has already hit parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This is a major storm, with wind gusts measured at 155 mph in Barbuda. This weekend Irma is set to make its way into Florida...… Continue Reading

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FCC Releases Annual Regulatory Fee Order – Payments Due Sept. 26, 2017

By | September 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Now that summer and beach season is over, the Commission has finally released the final listing of regulatory fees for 2017 and their due date. While it might not be as big of news as a Taylor Swift release, this is an important time for the Commission which has announced the final amounts due for...… Continue Reading

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FCC Media Bureau Postpones Filing Deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports

By | September 1st, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC on Sept. 1 postponed the due date for the submission of 2017 biennial broadcast ownership reports to the FCC until March 2, 2017. Biennial ownership reports are required to be filed every two years by all commercial and (starting this year) noncommercial AM, FM, TV, Class A, and LPTV stations and entities holding...… Continue Reading

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