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Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)
ARE YOU MISSING OUT ON AN IMPORTANT SCBA MEMBER BENEFIT? IS YOUR STATION DUE FOR AN ABIP INSPECTION?
- All SCBA member stations can participate in this FCC-endorsed voluntary inspection.
- Completing the ABIP insures a station that it is in compliance with FCC regulations.
- Stations holding ABIP certificates are exempt from routine FCC inspections for a period of three years.
How It Works:
- To enroll in the program, contact the SCBA office at 803-732-1186 or email@example.com.
- SCBA will forward a contract with an estimated inspection date.
- Stations must return the signed contract with payment prior to the inspection.
- Upon successful completion of the inspection, stations are issued a certificate that is posted in the station and the FCC is notified of the certification.
- If the station does not pass inspection, a grace period of 150 days from the date on the contract is provided to allow the station to make necessary corrections to successfully complete the inspection.
- Stations may choose to notify the FCC when they enroll in the program, and immediately begin the immunity protection. Or they may choose not to notify the FCC of their enrollment, in which case the station has no protection from inspection.
All stations should take advantage of this valuable service. Be certain your station is in compliance and immune from routine FCC inspection.
If your station currently holds an ABIP certificate, check the renewal date and schedule your next inspection well in advance to avoid any lapse in immunity.
IMPORTANT APRIL/MAY DEADLINES:
April 1, 2019: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Public
File Reports – All radio and television station employment units with five (5) or more full-time employees located in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas must place EEO Public File Reports in their public inspection files. All stations must also upload the reports to the online public file. For all stations with websites, the report must be posted there as well. Per announced FCC policy, the reporting period may end ten days before the report is due, and the reporting period for the next year will begin on the following day. EEO Mid-Term Reports – All television stations with five or more full-time employees and located in Delaware or Pennsylvania must electronically file a mid-term EEO report on FCC Form 397, with the last two EEO public file reports attached.
April 10, 2019: Repack Transition Progress Report – All full-power and Class A television stations repacked as a result of the incentive auction, other than those in Phase 1 or Phase 2 that have completed the repacking process, including filing reports of completion, must file a report in the Licensing and Management System (LMS) to detail their progress toward completion of the transition.
Children’s Television Programming Reports – For all commercial television and Class A television stations, the first quarter 2019 children’s television programming reports must be filed electronically with the Commission. These reports then should be automatically included in the online public inspection file, but we would recommend checking, as the FCC bases its initial judgments of filing compliance on the contents and dates shown in the online public file. Please note that the required use of the LMS for the children’s reports means that you should have the licensee FCC registration number and password at hand before you start the process.
Commercial Compliance Certifications – For all commercial television and Class A television stations, a certification of compliance with the limits on commercials during programming for children ages 12 and under, or other evidence to substantiate compliance with those limits, must be uploaded to the online public inspection file.
Website Compliance Information – Television and Class A television station licensees must upload and retain in their online public inspection files record sufficient to substantiate at license renewal time certification of compliance with the restrictions on display of website addresses during programming directed to children ages 12 and under.
Issues/Programs Lists – For all commercial and noncommercial radio, television, and Class A television stations, a listing of each station’s most significant treatment of community issues during the last quarter must be placed in the station’s online public inspection file. The list should include a brief narrative describing the issues covered and the programs which provided the coverage, with information concerning the time, date, duration, and title of each program.
Class A Television Continuing Eligibility Documentation – The Commission requires that all Class A Television maintains in their online public inspection files documentation sufficient to demonstrate that the station is continuing to meet the eligibility requirements of broadcasting at least 18 hours per day and broadcasting an average of at least three hours per week of locally produced programming. While the Commission has given no guidance as to what this documentation must include or when it must be added to the public file, we believe that a quarterly certification which states that the station continues to broadcast at least 18 hours per day, that it broadcasts on average at least three hours per week of locally produced programming, and lists the titles of such locally produced programs should be sufficient.
April 29, 2019: Quadrennial Review of Broadcast Ownership Rules – Comments are due with regard to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (MB Docket 18-349, FCC-18-179A1) which initiated the required 2018 Quadrennial Review of broadcast ownership rules.
May 29, 2019: Quadrennial Review of Broadcast Ownership Rules – Reply comments are due with regard to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (MB Docket 18-349, FCC-18-179A1) which initiated the required 2018 Quadrennial Review of broadcast ownership rules.
For additional information on these topics, click here.
2019 First Quarter Children’s Television Programming Documentation
By Lauren Lynch Flick and Scott R. Flick
The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ Public Inspection Files by April 10, 2019, reflecting programming aired during the months of January, February and March 2019.
2019 First Quarter Transition Progress Report Due on April 10 for Stations Being Repacked
By Lauren Lynch Flick and Warren Kessler
Each full power and Class A TV station being repacked must file its next quarterly Transition Progress Report with the FCC by April 10, 2019. The Report must detail the progress a station has made in constructing facilities on its newly-assigned channel and in terminating operations on its current channel during the months of January, February and March 2019.
2019 First Quarter Issues/Programs List Advisory for Broadcast Stations
By Scott R. Flick and Warren Kessler
The next Quarterly Issues/Programs List (“Quarterly List”) must be placed in stations’ Public Inspection Files by April 10, 2019, reflecting information for the months of January, February and March 2019.
By Frank Montero on Feb 06, 2019 01:40 pm
Last month I participated in a webinar with my colleague Dan Kirkpatrick where we addressed the issue of advertising controversial products. While the topic of marijuana advertising (which we discussed in our webinar) gets much attention these days–especially with the recent decision by CBS to turn down a cannabis ad for the Super Bowl–we also...… Continue Reading
Posted February 14, 2019
By Lee G. Petro
At its February 14th meeting, the FCC gave a rather significant Valentine's Day gift to broadcasters, eliminating the requirement that larger radio and television stations submit the EEO Mid-Term Report (FCC Form 397) at the midpoint of their license terms. While the FCC will continue to conduct EEO mid-term reviews, it determined that filing the EEO Mid-Term Report was no longer necessary, as most of the information required for an EEO mid-term review is already available in a broadcaster's Online Public Inspection File.
Specifically, the EEO Mid-Term Report required broadcasters to provide three pieces of information: (i) the number of full-time employees; (ii) the point of contact for the station(s) that is responsible for compliance with the EEO rules; and (iii) the two most recent Annual EEO Public File reports. In eliminating the obligation to file the EEO Mid-Term Report, the FCC reasoned that the point of contact information and the Annual EEO Public File reports are already kept in a broadcaster's Online Public Inspection File. As such, the additional requirement of filing an EEO Mid-Term Report with the FCC was unnecessary.
To gather the third piece of information requested in the EEO Mid-Term Report—the current number of full-time employees—the FCC will require that radio station employment groups indicate when uploading their Annual EEO Public File Reports whether or not they have 11 or more full-time employees (the number which triggers the need for an EEO mid-term review in radio). Because TV licensees are subjected to EEO mid-term reviews when the station employment group only has five or more full time employees—the same number that triggers the requirement to file Annual EEO Public File Reports—the FCC deemed such a requirement for TV licensees unnecessary (i.e., if a TV station is filing Annual EEO Public File Reports, the FCC already knows the station employment group is large enough to qualify for an EEO mid-term review).
The change in rules will be effective on May 1, 2019. The FCC noted that television stations in Delaware and Pennsylvania will therefore still be required to file their EEO Mid-Term Reports on April 1, 2019.
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