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Quarterly Issues Programs Lists due Oct. 10

All radio and TV stations; commercial and non-commercial

All stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare and place in their public inspection files, a list of important issues facing their communities, and the programs aired in the months of July, August, and September dealing with those issues.

Currently, these reports comprise the only legally required documents that demonstrate how a station has met its public service obligations to its community of license and service area.

TAB Associate Member law firm Davis Wright Tremaine advises that the FCC has adopted new rules for television stations that, among other things, will require the use of a standardized form (Form 355) for reporting quarterly issues programs lists and significantly increase the recordkeeping and reporting requirements facing television stations.

The failure to have a complete set of Quarterly Issues Programs lists that were prepared and placed in the station's public file at the proper time can lead to significant fines at license renewal time. Moreover, the failure to produce and document programs responsive to community needs could cause even greater problems for a broadcast licensee.


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