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REFERENCE LIBRARY

 

AVOIDING MINOR FCC FINES

This bulletin outlines violations to minor FCC rules that have been leading to station fines.  It is provided by David Oxenford of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Washington.

BIENNIAL OWNERSHIP REPORT FILING REQUIREMENTS

This special advisory for SC stations has been provided by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

BROADCAST LOCALISM PROCEEDING

This advisory is provided by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and it explains the need for filing comments in the FCC's Broadcast Localism Proceeding.  The advisory identifies the key proposals of the new regulations and the issues raised, explains why it is important to file and provides instructions for how to make your filing.

BROADCAST POOLING GUIDELINES

These guidelines were developed by the South Carolina Broadcasters' Steering Committee for Court Coverage and reviewed by the state Supreme Court as a supplement to Rule 605. Their purpose is to ensure courts are covered properly and that there continues to be reasonable access for television and radio coverage.

BROADCASTER'S GUIDE TO THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has provided this communications broadcast advisory that outlines provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act applicable only to certain broadcasters.

CHILDREN'S TELEVISION RULES

The FCC has put in place new obligations for broadcasters regarding children's programming for digital and analog channels.  These rules become effective February 1, 2005 and this detailed outline of the new regulations has been provided by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP.

CLOSED CAPTIONING

SCBA house counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has made available reference materials to help stations stay on top of regulations regarding closed captioning both for general and emergency information.

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME-EAS ADVISORY

SCBA's ABIP Inspector, Larry Wilkins, has prepared this advisory regarding EAS equipment that requires adjustments due to daylight savings time.

DTV RESOURCES

SCBA, in conjunction with ETV and the SC Cable Television Association, held a DTV Symposium to assist broadcasters and cable operators in discussions regarding the DTV conversion on February 17, 2009.  Hap Griffin, Vice President-Engineering, from ETV gave a presentation addressing the questions that each respective industry must answer to have a smooth transition and Tom Gaebel from Time Warner Cable addressed concerns from the cable perspective in his presentation.

DISASTER INFORMATION REPORTING SYSTEM

This document provides important information on registering your station with the FCC's new program called DIRS, the Disaster Information Reporting System.  DIRS has been created to allow communications companies to report the status and needs of their operations to the FCC during times of crisis.

EAS HANDBOOKS

The FCC has provided these EAS handbooks that are required to be posted at all operator stations.

EAS TONES (False Use)

This is a FCC Enforcement Advisory explaining why false, fraudulent or unauthorized use of EAS attention signals and codes are strictly prohibited.

EEO LEGAL GUIDE

This comprehensive guide provided by Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP provides an overview of the latest EEO requirements. Brendan Holland of Davis Wright and Tremaine conducted an EEO webcast in May 2010 and here are the PowerPoint slides from that webcast along with a Q & A reference document from the session.  An archived version of the webcast is also available for viewing.

FCC FACT SHEETS

The FCC has provided the following fact sheets on

FCC FORM 317 ADVISORY

Commercial and non-commercial educational television stations that has received its digital television license must file FCC Form 317 to report whether its station provided ancillary or supplemental services at any time during the twelve month period ending on the preceding September 30.  Only licensed DTV stations must file.  Those operating pursuant to a SPA or PTA need not file.  The form is due December 1, 2007.

FCC PENDING ACTIONS AFFECTING BROADCASTERS

This report contains a sample of actions affecting broadcasters that are pending at the FCC.  It has been provided by Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP.

HD RADIO LICENSING FACT SHEET

This fact sheet provides an explanation of the rights of broadcasters to use the technology to broadcast in the HD Radio waveform.

HD RADIO RESOURCES

INDECENCY RULES

SCBA's Washington legal counsel, Shaw Pittman, has provided this alert on the November 6, 2006 ruling from the FCC regarding indecency.  The FCC reaffirmed some principles and provided new clarifications on other regulations and policies. 

INTERNET STREAMING

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth has provided this memorandum that outlines the latest developments with the new Internet streaming royalty fees announced by the CRB on March 2, 2007.

LEGAL AND REGULATORY UPDATE

This is the latest edition of the legal and regulatory update provided by SCBA Washington counsel at Fletcher Heald and Hildreth each month.

OVERTIME REGULATIONS

The Department of Labor issued new rules governing the exempt status of executive, administrative and professional employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rules, which went into effect on Monday, August 23 address minimum wage and overtime compensation. SCBA Washington counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, has provided this overview of the new regulations.

OWNERSHIP

Rosemary Harold, Deputy Chief of the FCC's Media Bureau, presented this update on ownership at the SCBA Summer Convention in August 2006.

POLITICAL ADVERTISING GUIDELINES
Below are links to resources to help your station prepare for the 2012 political season. 

PowerPoint Slides Provided by Scott Johnson of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth

Political Broadcasting Guidelines Provided by Scott Johnson of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth

Archived Webcast on Political Broadcasting Provided by David Oxenford of Davis Wright Tremaine

PETITION FOR DECLARATORY RULING RE:  BID4SPOTS, ET. AL.

SCBA and other state broadcast associaitons filed a petition with the FCC asking for a ruling regarding the impact of spot buying services on lowest unit rate.  This status report has been provided by Pillsbury Wintrhop Shaw Pittman.

PUBLIC FILE ISSUES

Public File issues continue to cost stations thousands of dollars.  Read this article provided by SCBA's ABIP inspector, Larry Wilkins, to learn how to avoid such finds.

RADIO LICENSE RENEWAL RESOURCES

Below are links to resources to help your station prepare for the license renewal process.  Materials were prepared by Scott Johnson of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth.

 

SPRING-SUMMER MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Dale Gehman of Gehman Compliance & Consulting has provided this checklist to help you prepare your station for hot weather.

WEBSITE LIABILITY

SCBA Legal Counsel, Jay Bender, has prepared this article on website liability for all stations.

 

LINKS

Federal Communications Commission

HD Digital Radio

HD Radio University

iBiquity

National Association of Broadcasters

The Poynter Institute

Radio Advertising Bureau

Radio-Television News Directors' Association

Society of Broadcast Engineers

South Carolina Legislature Online

Television Bureau of Advertising

Traffic Directors Guild of America




 

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