One-Page Broadcast Station Local Public File Checklists for 2017
American Samoa, Guam & Mariana Islands stations are on the same schedule as Alaska
All checklists have been updated to reflect that, effective June 29, 2017, the FCC has eliminated the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain letters and emails from the public in their public inspection files.
IMPORTANT RADIO STATION NOTE: All radio stations in the top 50 Nielsen radio markets with five or more fulltime employees are required to upload all new and existing local public file materials to the FCC’s on-line public file at: https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/admin/, with the exception of existing political files which those radio broadcasters may, but are not required to upload.
All other radio stations have until March 1, 2018 to begin uploading new public and political file material to the online public file. On that date, all other stations must begin uploading new public and political files to the online public file on a going-forward basis. In addition, on that date all other stations must have completed uploading their existing public file material to the online public file, with the exception of the existing political file which stations are permitted, but not required, to upload to the online public file. Existing political file material not uploaded to the FCC’s online file must continue to be retained in the station’s local public file until the end of the two-year retention period.
Radio stations not required to transition to the online public file until March 1, 2018 may elect voluntarily to transition to online filing early. Any station that voluntarily elects to commence using the online file early must ensure that the online file contains all new public file material on a going-forward basis, including all new political file material. That is, all new public and political file material must be uploaded to the online file on a going-forward basis commencing on the date the entity elects to transition to the online file.
For further information, see FCC Public Inspection Files.
IMPORTANT TELEVISION STATION NOTE: On and after August 2, 2012, all full-power television broadcasters were required to upload new public file documents to the Commission's Online Public Inspection File. Except for the political file, those television broadcasters had six months after August 2, 2012, to upload public file documents that were in the file prior to August 2, 2012. In the case of the political file, only broadcasters affiliated with the top four national television broadcast networks in the top 50 DMAs were required to upload their political files beginning on August 2, 2012, and had to do so only on a going-forward basis. All other TV broadcasters were to begin uploading new political files on July 1, 2014, and are exempt from uploading any documents already in their political files on that date. For more information, see FCC Public Inspection Files.
The One-Page Broadcast Station Local Public File Checklists above describe materials that are required to be in TV station local public files without regard to and without reference to whether the material is to be kept locally or in the Commission's Online Public Inspection File.
These checklists are provided by: John Garziglia, Communications Attorney, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, 1200 19th Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036 / (202) 857-4455. These checklists are not intended as legal advice. Legal counsel should be consulted prior to reliance upon them. Please click here for the disclaimer applicable to each of these checklists.
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