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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Dale Gehman of Gehman
Compliance & Consulting has provided this checklist to help
you prepare your station for hot weather.
SCBA Legal Counsel, Jay Bender, has prepared this article on website liability for all stations.
Association of Broadcasters
News Directors' Association
of Broadcast Engineers
Carolina Legislature Online
Bureau of Advertising
Directors Guild of America