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    FCC Announces Second Filing Window for Upgrades and New Channels for Repacked TV Stations – October 3 through November 2

    The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice (linked here ) announcing that it will open the post-Incentive Auction “second filing window” on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 .  In this window, any repacked TV station, including stations that changed from UHF to VHF during the incentive auction and repacked Class A stations, can file an amendment to its initial construction permit application (if still pending), or a modification to its construction permit (if granted) to seek an alternate channel or expanded facilities from those specified in the April 13, 2017 Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice.    This follows the first window (about which we wrote here ) which allowed certain stations that could not construct on their assigned channels to seek new ones, and it precedes a future window for displaced LPTV and TV translators to seek new channels (see our articles here and here ). This window gives TV stations an opportunity to apply for a greater coverage area if such an upgrade is possible without creating interference to any other station.  The window will close at 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, November 2, 2017 .

    Reminder: Repacking Transition Progress Report Must Be Filed by Repacked TV Stations by October 10

    The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice ( available here ) reminding all TV stations (including Class A TV stations) that are changing channels as a result of the TV incentive auction, including those receiving compensation from auction payments for moving from UHF to VHF channels, that they must file their first quarterly Transition Progress Report no later than October 10, 2017 .  The reports should be filed on FCC Form 2100 – Schedule 387, which is now available by logging in to the FCC’s Licensing and Management System ( https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/login.html ).  The Transition Progress Report form just became available in LMS this week. Additional reports will be due on the 10 th of the month following the end of each calendar quarter, with additional reports due closer to the station’s Phase Assignment and after completing the transition.

    Not Much Ado For Station Transactions In FCC Database Today

    The slow pace of radio station transactions continued at the FCC, with only an internal family transfer on the docket, plus several STA filings showing up in WEDNESDAY’s activity. In the … more

    Next FCC Open Meeting Agenda Includes Items On AM Directional Arrays, Public File Change, Hurricane Response

    Next TUESDAY’s (9/26) FCC open meeting agenda will include some topics of interest for radio. Among the agenda items will be AM revitalization — the Third Report and Order proposing … more

    No New Deals Today In FCC Transaction Database

    The FCC database is bereft of new station transactions TUESDAY morning (9/19), but shows several filings from stations which have gone silent or seek Special Temporary Authority to operate at … more

    EMF Buys In Mississippi’ Salem Closes On WSPZ/Washington

    MONDY-BURKE BROADCASTING NETWORK is selling Gospel WJIW/GREENVILLE, MS to EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION for $500,000. In other filings with the FCC, NEVADA COUNTY BROADCASTERS, INC. is selling … more

    EMF Buys In Mississippi

    MONDY-BURKE BROADCASTING NETWORK is selling Gospel WJIW/GREENVILLE, MS to EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION for $500,000. In other filings with the FCC, NEVADA COUNTY BROADCASTERS, INC. is selling … more

    Michael Carowitz Named Special Counsel At FCC

    FCC Chairman AJIT PAI has named MICHAEL CAROWITZ as his Special Counsel, replacing NICK DEGANI, who was recently appointed Acting General Counsel. CAROWITZ served as Deputy Chief of the … more

    FCC Releases Draft AM Revitalization Order to Simplify Proofs of Performance

    Last week, the FCC released a draft of an order to simplify the proofing of AM stations . This order will be considered at the FCC’s September 26 meeting. While the proposals to be adopted are part of the AM Revitalization proceeding, even the Commission recognizes that these are not fundamental changes in the way that stations operate, but instead technical changes that can, hopefully, save some AM stations some money. The FCC also noted that it was removing proposals for changes in the AM main studio rules from the AM Revitalization proceeding as these changes are already being considered in the proceeding proposing to entirely eliminate the main studio rules (see our post here ).

    FCC Names Members Of Advisory Committee On Diversity And Digital Empowerment

    FCC Chairman AJIT PAI has named the members of the Commission’s new Advisory Committee On Diversity And Digital Empowerment.  NETCOMMUNICATIONS, LLC President JULIA JOHNSON will … more

    Weekly Tech Reminders: Modern Production, Postponed Ownership Reports & More

    An excerpt from this week’s Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes

    Nicholas Degani Named FCC Acting General Counsel

    FCC Chairman AJIT PAI has named his Senior Counsel NICHOLAS DEGANI as Acting General Counsel, filling the role left vacant by JENNIFER TATEL’s exit. PAI said, “I’m pleased … more

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