The Third Quarter 2016 Issues/Programs list must be placed in stations' public inspection files by October 10, reflecting programming aired during the months of July, August and September 2016. All TV stations and radio stations in the top 50 markets with 5 or more full-time employees must post these documents to the FCC's online public file database. (Radio stations outside of the top 50 markets must begin uploading the files to the FCC database as of March 1, 2018.)
According to the FCC, the list should reflect the "station's most significant programming treatment of community issues during the preceding three month period." These Quarterly Lists are the best evidence of how well a station is complying with its public service obligations and should be given serious and thorough attention. The Commission has consistently enforced compliance with its rules regarding the Quarterly Lists. Missing or incomplete Quarterly Lists and those that are not placed in the public file in a timely manner may subject a station to a fine of $10,000. Log in to the Member Blog here for exclusive guidance on the Issues/Programs list from MBA FCC Counsel Gregg Skall. A memo on the Issues/Programs list from Pillsbury Law is available here.