Posts Tagged ‘emergency’

FCC Proposes $66,000 Fine Against KIBH/Seward, AK For EAS And Other Violations

An ALASKA radio station is facing a proposed $66,000 fine from the FCC for several violations, some of which the Commission said undermined the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System. … more

FCC Declares Sinclair/Tribune Transaction a Permit-But-Disclose Proceeding Allowing for More Public Participation in the Review Process

Yesterday, the FCC issued a Public Notice declaring the proposed acquisition of the Tribune television stations by Sinclair Broadcast Group a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding . This is not an unusual occurrence in a large broadcast combination where policy issues may be considered. This simply allows the parties to the transaction, and any other party who files comments on the matter, to have discussions with FCC Commissioners and lowest price viagra other FCC decision makers about the matter, as long as a description of substance of the discussion is reduced to writing and filed in the docket of the proceeding so that all other participants have notice of what is being said. This acquisition will, of course, be one where the FCC’s recent decision (summarized here ) about the UHF discount will come into play, particularly as there are parties currently appealing that decision (see our article on the appeal here ).

NAB Details Radio Stations that Could be Affected by Repacking of the TV Band

One of the lesser highlighted concerns of the repacking of the TV band into channels 36 and below following the recent incentive auction has been the impact of the repacking on radio stations . As TV stations need to shuffle channels to fit into the smaller TV band as the upper TV channels are repurposed for wireless uses, there will be many situations where there will be tower climbers and other tower work to accomplish the required TV channel changes. While this work is being done, radio stations that share the TV towers may need to reduce power or even cease operations to create a safe environment for the tower climbers. The NAB this week released a list of radio stations that share towers with repacked TV stations and thus could be affected by this upcoming construction. If they have not already done so, radio stations on this list need to coordinate with the local TV station and start planning as to how to best accommodate the repacking work while not unduly disrupting the radio station’s operations during this process that may well strain industry technical resources.

FCC’s Elimination of the Requirement that Letters From the Public be Kept in a Broadcaster’s Public Inspection File Effective Today

Today, the order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters maintain in a paper public inspection file copies of letters and emails to their stations about station operations becomes effective. While the FCC abolished the requirement back in January, one of the first deregulatory actions of the new Chairman (see our article on that decision here ), the decision did not become effective until the publication of that decision in the Federal Register, which occurred today ( here ). The delay was caused by the review of the decision by the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that it was consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act – seemingly a self-evident proposition, but one that takes time nevertheless. For all TV stations and many radio stations that have already converted to the online public file, this effective date will remove the last paper remnant of the public inspection file.

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