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Ian Scott Appointed Chairperson, Dr. Caroline Simard Vice-Chairperson At CRTC

The CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CRTC) has new leadership, with former TELESAT CANADA Executive Director of Government and purchase viagra professional Regulatory Affairs IAN SCOTT … more

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.

Changes in FCC Rules on Third-Party Fundraising By Noncommercial Stations Effective Now – Except for the New Disclosure and Paperwork Obligations

At its April meeting, the FCC voted to allow noncommercial stations not affiliated with NPR or CPB to raise funds for third-party nonprofit organizations , even where such fundraising appeals interrupted normal programming, as long as the licensee did not devote more than 1% of its yearly airtime to such appeals . We wrote here about the decision before it was adopted. The decision adopting the rule change was published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2017 , with an effective date of July 5, but for the new rules that need approval from the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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.

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs and cheapest viagra prices Children’s Television Reports, Comment Dates on Main Studio Rule…

July is a big month on the Washington regulatory scene for broadcasters. There are, of course, the routine quarterly regulatory obligations. For all stations, commercial and noncommercial, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists , summarizing the most important issues facing a broadcaster’s community, and the programs that were broadcast in the prior quarter to address those issues, must be in a station’s public file (the online public file for all TV stations and for radio stations that have already converted to the online file) by July 10. These are the only required records documenting a station’s service to its community, so do not forget to complete these reports and to timely place them in your public file

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