Jul
28
Oct 31

Second Filing Window Opens for AM Translator Modification

Beginning on this date, all AM station licensees that did not participate in the first modification filing window may file minor modification applications with the FCC to relocate FM translators up to 250 miles for use in rebroadcasting AM stations. The second filing window will close at 5:59 p.m. Eastern on October 31, 2016.

Oct
9
Oct 10

Quarterly Issues/Programs List Required

All full-power radio, full-power television, and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files by this date the Quarterly Issues/Programs List covering the period July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

Oct
9
Oct 10

Certification of Children's Commercial Time Limitations Required

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files by this date records "sufficient to verify compliance" with the FCC's commercial time limitations in children's programming broadcast during the period July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

Oct
9
Oct 10

FCC Form 398 Children's Programming Report Due

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must by this date electronically file FCC Form 398, demonstrating their responsiveness to "the educational and informational needs of children" for the period July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016, and ensure a copy of the form as filed with the FCC is in the station's public inspection file.

Oct
9
Oct 10

Class A Television Continuing Eligibility Certification

Class A television stations are required to maintain documentation in their public inspection files sufficient to demonstrate continuing compliance with the FCC's Class A eligibility requirements. We recommend that by this date Class A television stations generate such documentation for the period July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016 and place it in their public inspection files.

Oct
14
Oct 15

Copyright Royalty Fee/ Monthly Forms Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending August 31, 2016.

Nov
13
Nov 14

Copyright Royalty Fee/Monthly Forms Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Advisory Communications Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending September 30, 2016.

Nov
30
Dec 1

Annual EEO Public File Report Required

Station Employment Units that have five or more full-time employees and are comprised of radio and/or television stations licensed to communities in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, or Vermont must by this date place in their public inspection files and post on their station websites a report regarding station compliance with the FCC's EEO Rule during the period December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016. A more detailed review of station EEO obligations and the steps for implementing an effective EEO program can be found in our most recent EEO Advisory.

Nov
30
Dec 1

FCC Form 397 Mid-Term EEO Report Due

Radio Station Employment Units that have eleven or more full-time employees and are comprised of radio stations licensed to communities in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and Television Station Employment Units that have five or more full-time employees and are comprised of television stations licensed to communities in Alabama and Georgia, must by this date electronically file with the FCC and place in their public inspection files the Mid-Term EEO Report on FCC Form 397. The Station Employment Unit’s last two EEO Public File Reports must be submitted with the Form 397. A more detailed review of station EEO obligations and the steps for implementing an effective EEO program can be found in our most recent EEO Advisory.

Nov
30
Dec 1

FCC Form 323-E Biennial Ownership Report Due

Noncommercial radio stations licensed to communities in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, or South Dakota, and noncommercial television stations licensed to communities in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont (other than sole proprietorships or partnerships composed entirely of natural persons) must electronically file by this date their biennial ownership reports on FCC Form 323-E, unless they have consolidated this filing date with that of other commonly owned stations licensed to communities in other states. FCC Form 323-E does not require a filing fee. The form as filed must be placed in stations' public inspection files.

Nov
30
Dec 1

FCC Form 2100, Schedule G, Annual DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report Due

Commercial television, digital Class A television, and digital LPTV stations must by this date electronically file FCC Form 2100, Schedule G, the Annual DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report for Commercial Digital Television Stations, with the FCC whether or not they have received any income from transmitting ancillary or supplementary services. If a digital station provided ancillary or supplementary services during the 12-month time period ending on the preceding September 30, and received compensation for doing so, the station is required to pay to the FCC five percent of the gross revenue from such services concurrently with the filing of Form 2100, Schedule G.

Dec
14
Dec 15

Copyright Royalty Fee/Monthly Forms Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending October 31, 2016.


Sep
29
Sep 30

EEO 1 Report Due

Broadcasters that are subject to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) reporting requirements must file their EEO 1 Report (Form 100) by this date. We encourage you to consult with counsel on the filing and visit http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/.

Sep
13
Sep 14

Copyright Royalty Fee/Monthly Form Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending July 31, 2016.

Aug
13
Aug 14

Copyright Royalty Fee Monthly Forms

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending June 30, 2016.

Jul
30
Jul 31

Copyright Royalty Claims Due

Television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable or satellite system in 2015 are eligible to file royalty claims for compensation with the Copyright Office in Washington, DC by this date. Under the federal Copyright Act, cable systems and satellite operators must pay "compulsory license" royalties to carry distant TV signals on their systems. The royalties are used to compensate the owners of copyrighted works broadcast on those signals. Stations that do not file claims by the deadline will not be able to collect royalties for carriage of their signals during 2015.

Jul
14
Jul 15

Copyright Royalty Fee/Monthly Forms Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending May 31, 2016.

Jul
9
Jul 10

Quarterly Issues/Programs List Required

All full-power radio, full-power television, and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files by this date the Quarterly Issues/Programs List covering the period April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

Jul
9
Jul 10

FCC Form 398 Children's Programming Report Due

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must by this date electronically file FCC Form 398, demonstrating their responsiveness to "the Advisory Communications educational and informational needs of children" for the period April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016, and ensure a copy of the form as filed with the FCC is in the station's public inspection file. Note that because this filing deadline falls on a weekend, the submission of this item to the FCC may be made on July 11.

Jul
9
Jul 10

Class A Television Continuing Eligibility Certification

Class A television stations are required to maintain documentation in their public inspection files sufficient to demonstrate continuing compliance with the FCC's Class A eligibility requirements. We recommend that by this date Class A television stations generate such documentation for the period April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016 and place it in their public inspection files.

Jul
1
Jul 30

Regulatory Fees Announced

The FCC is expected to release a Public Notice this month indicating the date by which annual regulatory fees must be filed with the FCC and the amounts of those fees. Broadcasters should remain alert for this announcement.

Jun
13
Jun 14

Copyright Royalty Fee/Monthly Forms Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit to SoundExchange the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms for the month ending April 30, 2016.

May
14
May 15

Copyright Royalty Fee/Monthly Forms Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit by this date the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending March 31, 2016.

Apr
14
Apr 15

Tornado Drill Using Live TOR Code

On April 14, the National Weather Service will initiate a live EAS Tornado Test (using the TOR Code) at 1:45 pm and again at 6:55 pm. In the event of actual severe weather on that date, the test will be conducted the following day (April 15) at the same times.  This test is being held in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Apr
13
Apr 14

Copyright Royalty Fee Report/Form Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending February 29, 2016.

Apr
9
Apr 10

Quarterly Issues/Program List Required

All full-power radio, full-power television, and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files by this date the Quarterly Issues/Programs List covering the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016.

Apr
9
Apr 10

Certification of Children's Commercial Time Limitations Required

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files by this date records "sufficient to verify compliance" with the FCC's commercial time limitations in children's programming broadcast during the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016.

Apr
9
Apr 11

FCC Form 398 Children's Programming Report Due

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must by this date electronically file FCC Form 398 demonstrating their responsiveness to "the educational and informational needs of children" for the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016, and ensure a copy of the form as filed with the FCC is in the station's public inspection file. Note that because this filing deadline falls on a weekend, the submission of this item to the FCC may be made on April 11.

Apr
9
Apr 10

Class A Television Continuing Eligibility Certification

Class A television stations are required to maintain documentation in their public inspection files sufficient to demonstrate continuing compliance with the FCC's Class A eligibility requirements. We recommend that by this date Class A television stations generate such documentation for the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 and place it in their public inspection files.

Mar
28
Mar 29

Incentive Auction Initial Relinquishment Option Commitment Deadline

All full-power and Class A television licensees that timely submitted complete FCC Form 177 applications to participate in the Incentive Auction must by this date commit to an initial relinquishment option. Licensees that fail to make an initial bid commitment by March 29, 2016 will not be eligible to participate in the Auction.

Mar
15
Mar 16

Copyright Royalty Fee Report/Form Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending January 31, 2016.

Feb
13
Feb 14

Copyright Royalty Fee Report/Form Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending December 31, 2015.

Jan
30
Jan 31

Copyright Royalty Fee Annual Form Due

Annual Minimum Fee Statement of Account Form Due—By this date, most commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit the Minimum Fee Statement of Account Form and the annual copyright royalty fee to SoundExchange. January 31 is also the date by which certain webcasters and simulcasters are eligible to make elections affecting their royalty rates and reporting requirements for the upcoming year. If your radio broadcast station is simulcast or rebroadcast over the Internet, we encourage you to consult qualified counsel with regard to your obligations.

Jan
28
Jul 28

First Filing Window Opens for AM Translator Modification Applications

Beginning on this date, Class C and Class D AM station licensees may file minor modification applications with the FCC to relocate FM translators up to 250 miles for use in rebroadcasting AM stations. The first filing window will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on July 28, 2016.

Jan
13
Jan 14

Copyright Royalty Fee Report Due

Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account Forms Due—Commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must by this date submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending November 30, 2015.

Jan
11
Jan 12

FCC Form 177 Incentive Auction Application Due

All full-power and Class A television station licensees seeking to relinquish spectrum usage rights in the Incentive Auction must electronically file an FCC Form 177 auction application via the FCC’s Auction System prior to 6:00 p.m. Eastern on this date.

Jan
9
Jan 11

Quarterly Issues/Programs List Required

All full-power radio, full-power television, and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files by this date the Quarterly Issues/Programs List covering the period October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Jan
9
Jan 10

Certification of Children's Commercial Time Limitations Required

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files by this date records "sufficient to verify compliance" with the FCC's commercial time limitations in children's programming broadcast during the period October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Jan
9
Jan 11

FCC Form 398 Children's Programming Report Due

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must by this date electronically file FCC Form 398 demonstrating their responsiveness to "the educational and informational needs of children" for the period October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, and ensure a copy of the form as filed with the FCC is in the station's public inspection file. Note that because this filing deadline falls on a weekend, the submission of this item to the FCC may be made on January 11.

Jan
9
Jan 10

Class A Television Continuing Eligibility Certification

Class A television stations are required to maintain documentation in their public inspection files sufficient to demonstrate continuing compliance with the FCC's Class A eligibility requirements. We recommend that by this date Class A television stations generate such documentation for the period October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 and place it in their public inspection files.

Nov
30
Dec 1

Mid-Term EEO Report Due

Annual EEO Public File Report Required—Station Employment Units that have five or more full-time employees and are comprised of radio and/or television stations licensed to communities in Minnesota must by this date place in their public inspection file and post on their station website a report regarding station compliance with the FCC's EEO Rule during the period December 1, 2013 through November 30, 2014.