FCC Deadlines December
Annual EEO Public File Reports By December 1: EEO public file reports must be placed in station public files and posted on station websites. TV stations, and top 50 market radio stations with 5 or more FTEs, should manually upload a copy of their report to the station’s online public file. All other radio stations should place a copy of their report in the paper public file. The EEO public file report is not required to be in any particular format, but it must demonstrate: (1) that the station recruited for all full-time employee (FTE) vacancies (an FTE for this purposes is anyone who works 30 or more hours per week), including showing all recruitment sources and referrals used and (2) that the station participated in employment outreach activities of at least the minimum required. The minimum number of outreach activities for employment units with 10 or more FTEs located in a market with a population of 250,000+ is four (4) outreach activities over a 2-year period; for all others, the minimum number is two (2) outreach activities over a 2-year period. The EEO public file report should cover the period from approximately December 1, 2015 to approximately November 30, 2016. Employment units that employ fewer than 5 FTEs are not required to prepare EEO public file reports, but they still must have a general policy of affording equal opportunity in employment. Such stations should consider placing a notation in their public inspection files indicating that they are not required to prepare EEO public file reports. FCC Form 397 EEO Mid-Term Reports for Television Stations By December 1: Television stations in Georgia are approaching the mid-point of their 8-year license renewal periods. Accordingly, by December 1, television station employment units in Georgia with 5 or more FTEs must file an FCC Form 397 EEO mid-term report. Employment units with fewer than 5 FTEs can choose to either file the 397 form with minimal information, or simply not file the form at all. FCC Form 323-E Ownership Reports for Noncommercial Television Stations By December 1: Noncommercial television stations in Georgia must file an FCC Form 323-E biennial ownership report. FCC Form 2100 – Schedule G (formerly known as FCC Form 317) DTV Report By December 1: All commercial digital TV licensees (including LPTV and TV translator stations) must file the annual ancillary/supplementary services report on Form 2100, Schedule G (formerly FCC Form 317). Stations must remit to the FCC 5% of gross revenues derived from such ancillary services, if any. The report must be filed even if no ancillary services were provided in the prior year. Adverse Findings By December 1: Broadcast stations in Georgia must report to the FCC any “adverse finding” or “adverse action” taken by any court or administrative body against the licensee or holding company of the station(s) or its investors. Such adverse decisions or findings include any conduct that would be relevant to the qualifications of a person or company to be a broadcast licensee or control a broadcast license, including: (a) fraudulent misrepresentations to governmental agencies (including but not limited to the FCC), (b) criminal misconduct involving false statements or dishonesty, (c) broadcast-related antitrust violations, (d) felony convictions and (e) misdemeanor convictions involving fraud or dishonesty. The FCC only requires licensees to report actions that are considered legally “final.” An adverse action is not considered final until it is fully adjudicated by the governmental agency or court at issue without the right to further appeal. The adverse findings report should address all adverse findings from December 1, 2015 until December 1, 2016. No action is required if a station has not had any adverse findings or adverse actions taken against it during this time period.