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    July 2012
    FCC Enforcement Monitor
    Authors: Scott R. Flick, Lauren A. Birzon
    Headlines:
    • FCC Assesses $68,000 in Fines for Unauthorized STL Operations
    • EAS Failures Lead to $8,000 Fine

    July 2012
    Preparing to Post Your Full-Power or Class A Television Station Public Inspection and Political Files on the FCC’s Website
    Authors: Richard R. Zaragoza, Lauren Lynch Flick, Paul A. Cicelski
    While most broadcasters have only seen a demonstration of the FCC’s new online Public Inspection File database, they must begin to use it in just one week’s time. Advance preparations and a good understanding of the filing requirements are needed to minimize the impact of this dramatic shift in the FCC’s rules on television broadcasters’ operations.
    July 2012
    Biennial Ownership Reports are due by August 1, 2012 for Noncommercial Radio Stations in Illinois and Wisconsin, and Non-commercial Television Stations in California, North Carolina, and South Carolina
    Authors: Lauren Lynch Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    The staggered deadlines for filing Biennial Ownership Reports by noncommercial radio and television stations remain in effect and are tied to each station’s respective license renewal filing deadline.
    July 2012
    Broadcast Station EEO Advisory
    Authors: Lauren Lynch Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    This Broadcast Station Advisory is directed to radio and television stations licensed to communities in California, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, and highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
    July 2012
    Cable and Satellite Royalty Claims Due to the Copyright Royalty Board by July 31, 2012
    Authors: Scott R. Flick, Lauren Lynch Flick
    This advisory is directed to television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried by at least one cable system located outside the station’s local service area or by a satellite provider that provided service to at least one viewer outside the station’s local service area during 2011. These stations may be eligible to file royalty claims for compensation with the United States Copyright Royalty Board. These filings are due by Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 5:00pm (EDT).
    July 2012
    Pre-Filing and Post-Filing License Renewal Announcement Reminder for TV Stations in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
    Authors: Lauren Lynch Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    TV, Class A TV, and certain LPTV stations licensed to communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on August 1, 2012. License renewal applications for these stations and in-state TV translator stations are due by October 1, 2012.
    July 2012
    Pre-Filing and Post-Filing License Renewal Announcement Reminder for Radio Stations in Iowa and Missouri
    Authors: Lauren Lynch Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    Full power commercial and noncommercial radio stations and LPFM stations licensed to communities in Iowa and Missouri must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on August 1, 2012. License renewal applications for these stations, and for in-state FM translator stations, are due by October 1, 2012.
    April 2012
    Political Broadcasting Advisory
    Authors: Scott R. Flick, Clifford M. Harrington, Lauren Lynch Flick, Miles S. Mason, Richard R. Zaragoza, Paul A. Cicelski, John K. Hane, Christine A. Reilly, Lauren A. Birzon, Andrew S. Kersting

    Introduction

    Ten years after adoption of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (“BCRA”) of 2002, popularly known as “McCain-Feingold,” Congress’ and the FCC’s interest in political broadcasting and political advertising practices remains undiminished. Broadcast stations must ensure that a broad range of federal mandates are met, providing “equal opportunities” to all candidates using the stations facilities, affording federal candidates for public office “reasonable access” and treating all candidates for public office no less favorably than the station treats its most favored advertisers. Accordingly, it is imperative that broadcasters be very familiar with what is expected of them in this regulatory area, that they have adequate policies and practices in place to ensure full compliance, and that they remain vigilant to legislative, FCC, and FEC changes in the law.
    March 2012
    Broadcast Station EEO Advisory
    Authors: Lauren Lynch Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    This Broadcast Station EEO Advisory is directed to radio and television stations licensed to communities in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, and highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
    March 2012
    Pre-Filing and Post-Filing License Renewal Announcement Reminder for Radio Stations in Michigan and Ohio
    Authors: Lauren Lynch Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    Full power commercial and noncommercial radio stations and LPFM stations licensed to communities in Michigan and Ohio must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on April 1, 2012. License renewal applications for these stations, and for in-state FM translator stations, are due by June 1, 2012.
    March 2012
    Biennial Ownership Reports are due by April 2, 2012 for Noncommercial Radio Stations in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, and for Noncommercial Television Stations in Texas
    Authors: Lauren Lynch Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    The staggered deadlines for filing Biennial Ownership Reports by noncommercial radio and television stations remain in effect and are tied to each station’s respective license renewal filing deadline.
    March 2012
    Pre-Filing and Post-Filing License Renewal Announcement Reminder for TV Stations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC
    Authors: Scott R. Flick, Lauren Lynch Flick
    TV, Class A TV, LPTV, and TV translator stations licensed to communities in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on April 1, 2012. License renewal applications for these stations are due by June 1, 2012.
    September 2011
    FCC Enforcement Monitor
    Authors: Scott R. Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    Headlines:
    • Low Power Broadcaster’s Defiance Results in $7,000 Upward Adjustment
    • Unauthorized Post-Sunset Operations Lead to $4,000 Fine for AM Station
    August 2011
    FCC Enforcement Monitor
    Authors: Scott R. Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    Headlines:
    • Late-Filed License Application Garners $7,000 Fine
    • FCC Fines Noncommercial Broadcaster $5,000 for Alien Ownership Violation
    8/15/2011
    FCC Sets September 14, 2011 as the Deadline for Payment of FY 2011 Annual Regulatory Fees
    Authors: Richard R. Zaragoza, Christine A. Reilly
    The FCC has announced that full payment of all applicable Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2011 must be received no later than September 14, 2011.
    July 2011
    FCC Enforcement Monitor
    Authors: Scott R. Flick, Christine A. Reilly
    Headlines:
    • FCC Increases Fine to $25,000 for Main Studio and Public File Violations
    • FCC Reaffirms $10,000 Public File Violation Against Student-Run Noncommercial FM Station

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