Form 323 Must Be Filed Today As FCC Wins Court Decision
July 8, 2010 at 4:24 AM (PT)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a attempt by half-dozen state broadcasters associations to put aside the requirement that all parties with an attributable ownership interest be identified by Social Security number. The law firm FLETCHER HEALD & HILDRETH represented the broadcasters, and claimed the requirement was a violation of federal law on privacy.
Three weeks ago, The FCC was given seven days (NET NEWS 6/16) to respond in the D.C. Court of Appeals and explain why it needs the Social Security numbers of all "attributable" principals of companies filing Form 323 ownership reports.
YESTERDAY (6/7), the appellate court ruled that the FCC has provided "an alternative," which removes the broadcasters' objections. The FCC says it will allow "officers, directors, shareholders or other attributable individual persons" to "generate a special usef ederal registration number."
Two weeks ago, the FCC's Media Bureau ruled they would accept written requests for waiver of the biennial Form 323 ownership report filing for stations that have been assigned or transferred (NET NEWS 6/23).