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TAB’s FCC Political Broadcast Rules Webinar Set for Jan. 16

In less than a week, Texas stations’ newsrooms and sales departments will have a better handle on who is running in the March 5 GOP and Democratic primary elections. That’s because the Texas political candidate filing window will close at 6pm on Monday, Dec. 11. 

Filing the necessary paperwork to earn a spot on either the GOP or Democratic Party’s primary election ballot is the last major step an individual must complete to become a “legally qualified candidate” in the eyes of the Federal Communications Commission. It is an important distinction for broadcasters as most of the FCC’s political broadcast regulations apply only to legally qualified candidates. 

To help broadcasters understand their FCC obligations in these party elections, TAB is presenting a free webinar for TAB member stations only on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 2 PM CT to review the FCC’s political broadcast regulations. 


Attorneys Scott and Lauren Flick of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, TAB’s FCC legal counsel, will discuss the FCC’s political broadcast rules as well as laws passed by Congress. This webinar will also cover the additional sponsorship identification requirement for political advertising contained in the Texas Election Code. Among the topics the Flicks will discuss are:

  • Reasonable Access
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Lowest Unit Charge
  • No Censorship
  • News Exceptions to the Rules
  • Sponsorship Identification
  • Recordkeeping/Disclosure Regarding Political Advertisement Requests

The webinar will last 90 minutes and includes time for Q&A from webinar attendees. The session will be recorded and available in the members section of the TAB website a few days after the online session. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to get a good understanding of the FCC’s political rules before the commission’s political window goes into effect later that week on Saturday, Jan. 20. 

Questions? Contact TAB’s Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

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