FCC Approves Online Public File Requirement For Radio
January 28, 2016 at 11:46 AM (PT)
The FCC has approved the extension of the online public file rules to cover radio, cable TV, and satellite broadcasters, who will now be required to upload the files to a searchable FCC database. The item was approved by a vote at the Commission's Open Meeting this afternoon in WASHINGTON.
Radio stations in the top-50 markets with five or more employees will be required to upload the file materials (new materials going forward, as opposed to older existing material) as soon as the rules become effective, while smaller market stations and stations with fewer than five employees will get longer to do so, and waivers will be granted in special circumstances. And the final version will offer an waiver from the requirement of posting noncommercial stations' donor lists in cases when donors to a station may be subjected to harassment if their names were made public.
Late Appeal Nixed In LPFM Case
The Commission has also denied an Application for Review by LC MEDIA LP and POINT FOUR, LLC of the dismissal of an earlier Application for Review of the rejection of the appellants' applications for a new LPFM at SANTA ANA, CA. The first AFR was dismissed as untimely, which the appellants say was due to "administrative oversight" and that their counsel were not served with a copy of the decision granting licenses to other applicants in the mutually exclusive group until AUGUST 20th, 2015, which they say explains the one-day-late filing. But the Commission said that the arguments in the present appeal were not presented in the original appeal and therefore cannot be raised now, and no special circumstances have been shown to excuse missing the filing deadline.