April 1, 2023

Delaware or Pennsylvania Television License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of FCC licenses for television stations licensed to Delaware or Pennsylvania must be filed in LMS, the FCC’s online filing system.  Schedule 396 the Broadcast EEO Program Report must accompany these applications.

EEO Public File Reports – All licensed full-service radio and television broadcast stations, Class A television stations, cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite providers, and satellite radio employment units with five or more full-time employees that are licensed in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Texas must place EEO Public File Reports in their Online Public Inspection File. For all stations with websites, the report must be posted there as well.

April 10, 2023

Q1 2023 Issues/Programs Lists – For all commercial and noncommercial radio, television, and Class A television stations, listings of each station’s most significant treatment of community issues during the first quarter of 2023 (January, February, March) must be placed in the station’s Online Public Inspection File. The lists should include brief narratives describing the issues covered and the programs which provided the coverage, with information concerning the time, date, duration, and title of each program with a brief description of the program. The issues may be either local or national, so long as they are of concern to the local community.

Q1 2023 Certification of Class A Television Continuing Eligibility – All Class A television stations are required to demonstrate continuing compliance with the FCC’s Class A eligibility rules by maintaining documentation in each respective station’s Online Public Inspection File.  To ensure compliance, Class A licensees should upload sufficient documentation for the period of  January 1, 2023 through March 31, 2023 to each station’s Online Public Inspection File by this date.

Q1 2023 Noncommercial Educational Fundraising Reports – All noncommercial educational radio and television stations that conducted on-air fundraising activities that interrupted regular programming for the benefit of third-party non-profit organizations for the period of January 1, 2023 through March 31, 2023 must upload documentation detailing each third-party fundraising program or activity to each station’s Online Public Inspection File.

For more information about these deadlines please contact the attorneys at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.