Texas FCC TV Station License Renewals Due April 1posted on 3.14.2022
Texas television stations must submit their license renewals to the FCC in just over two weeks’ time.
All full power TV, Class A, LPTV, and TV translator stations in Texas must file their FCC license renewals by Friday, April 1, 2022.
Prior to the application’s filing, television broadcasters should file the FCC’s Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report, known as Form 396.
There are questions related to Form 396 on the license renewal application.
That is a key point covered by attorneys Scott Flick and Lauren Lynch Flick of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, TAB’s FCC legal counsel, in February’s TAB webinar on filing this year’s TV license renewal.
The Flicks covered what is required by Texas TV stations to renew the station’s license including a review of the online forms involved such as the FCC’s license renewal Form 303-S.
The couple also reviewed the changes to the license renewal process since the last Texas TV station license renewals in 2014.
The PowerPoint slide deck used in the presentation is also available for download at that location.
Scott Flick has also co-authored the Pillsbury law firm’s advisory on filing a timely renewal, which was published by the firm this month.
Last year’s Texas radio stations license renewals saw a number of FCC consent decrees related to the maintenance of the Political File component of the station OPIF.
These have arisen from certifications made in the license renewal application.
Other areas of potential concern are the station Quarterly Issues Programs reports, EEO reports including EEO outreach documentation, and station technical operations.
TAB Member TV stations should utilize the resources noted above and remember that the TAB Legal Hotline is also available to station staff to handle questions about filing this year’s renewal.
Questions? Contact TAB’s Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.
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