August TV License Renewal and Announcement Recall: California – Broadcast: Film, TV and Radio

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California-licensed television stations must file license renewal applications by Monday, August 1, 2022. Pursuant to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) public notice rule, a television station television must air post-filing ads after filing its renewal application. Each station must air a total of six ads on the air over four weeks. No more than two ads per week will count towards the total of six required. Additionally, ads must run between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. local time. Pre-filing announcements are no longer required.

Post-filing announcements must be presented both visually and orally. Ad text must appear on screen when read by the advertiser. Stations must keep a record of when ads aired. For more details on post-filing announcements, please see Section II of the Wiley TV Primer. The ABC also contains the mandatory post-filing announcement language for full-power television stations (Appendix B) and low-power television stations broadcasting local programming (Appendix C).

Within seven days of the completion of post-filing announcements, licensees of full-power and Class A television stations must upload to each station’s online public record a statement certifying compliance with the notification requirements of the FCC. A sample certification form is available in the introduction (Appendix D). Stations should upload them to the “Local Public Notice Announcements” folder under the “More Public Inspection Files” tab. Finally, the FCC now requires low-power television stations that do not originate their own programming and TV translator stations to make a post-filing notice available online after they file their license renewal application. Licence. To comply with the new FCC requirements, which we have discussed in more detail here, the post-filing announcement must be made by inserting a tab or link on the station’s home page clearly labeled “FCC Applications”. and a link to a separate page containing the text of the notice. The notice shall be posted, in order of availability, on (1) the website of the requesting station, (2) the website of the licensee of the requesting station, or (3) the website of the station’s parent entity. applicant. The notice must be displayed for 30 consecutive days on the web page or link. The text of the required notice can be found in Appendix E of the CBA.

Prior to filing Form 303-S renewal applications, stations must submit an Annex 396 Broadcast EEO Program Report. Information regarding filing Form 303-S applications can be found in Section III of the introduction and appendix F, and information about filing the appendix 396 report can be found in section VI and appendix I.

If you have any questions about the license renewal application or the renewal process, or concerns about your previous FCC filings or record keeping obligations, please contact Wiley’s attorney who regularly handles your station questions or an attorney listed on this alert.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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