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FCC Opens Up Special Displacement Window for LPTV Stations

By FHH Law on Feb 13, 2018 03:11 pm

Last week the FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announced the opening of a 60-day filing window for those LPTV stations who are being displaced as a result of the post-incentive auction repacking process. The "Special Displacement Window" applies to certain LPTV stations, TV translators, and analog-to-digital replacement translators. The window will...... Continue Reading

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Noncommercial Stations Beware: When ‘Underwriting’ Spots Turn into Advertising, a Big Penalty Can Follow


By Matt McCormick and Peter Tannenwald on Feb 06, 2018 04:38 pm

Many noncommercial educational (NCE) stations – and their lawyers – were caught by surprise last week when the FCC issued a $115,000 civil penalty against an NCE licensee. The Cesar Chavez Foundation (CCF) was hit for running underwriting spots promoting for-profit entities. CCF agreed to the monetary penalty as part of an FCC approved consent...…
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Second Translator Window Opens Jan. 25; Freeze Goes Into Effect Today
By Matt McCormick on Jan 18, 2018 04:43 pm

The window for Class A and B AM stations (and certain Class C and D AM stations) to apply for new cross-service FM translators will open at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, and close at 5:59 p.m. Eastern Time (not at 11:59 p.m.) on Jan. 31, 2018. This will be the...... Continue Reading

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