Legal Calendar

2016 Broadcast Legal Calendar
Important Dates Arkansas Broadcasters Need To Know*

January 29
First filing window opens for AM Translator Modification Applications--Beginning on this date,Class C and Class D AM station licensees may file minor modification applications with the FCC to relocate FM translators up to 250 miles for use in rebroadcasting AM stations.  This window will close at 10:59 p.m. on July 28, 2016.

January 31
By this date, most commercial and noncommercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit the Minimum Fee Statement of Account form and the annual copyright royalty fee to SoundExchange. This is also the date by which certain webcasters and simulcasters are eligible to make elections affecting their royalty rates and reporting requirements.

February 1
Annual EEO Public File Report Required if your station has five or more full-time employees.  This report must go in the station's public file and the station must post a notice on its website regarding station compliance with the EEO Rule during the period February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

Radio station employment units that have eleven or more full-time employees must by this date electronically file with the FCC and place in their public files the Mid-Term EEO Report on FCC form 397.

Noncommercial radio stations must electronically file by this date their biennial ownership reports on FCC Form 323-E, unless they have consolidated this filing date with that of other commonly owned stations licensed to other states. The form must also be placed in the public file.

February 14
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending December 31, 2015.

March 16
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending January 31, 2016.

March 29
All full-power and Class A television licensees that timely submitted.complete FCC form 177 applications to participate in the Incentive Auction must by this date commit to an initial relinquishment option.

April 10
All full-power radio, full-power television, and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files the Quarterly Issues/Programs List covering the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016.

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must place in their public inspection files records "sufficient to verify compliance" with the FCC's commercial time limitations in children's programming broadcast during the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016.

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must electronically file FCC Form 398 demonstrating their responsiveness to "the educational and informational needs of children" for the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. This form also goes in the public file.

Class A Television Stations should place documentation in their Public Files showing continuing compliance with the FCC's Class A eligibility requirements.

April 14
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending February 29, 2016.

By May 15
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending March 31, 2016.

June 14
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and those simulcasting radio programming over the Internet must submit the Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending April 30, 2016.

July
Regulatory Fees Announced -- The FCC is expected to release a Public Notice this month indicating the date by which annual regulatory fees must be filed with the FCC and the amounts of those fees.  Broadcasters should remain alert for this announcement.

By July 10
All Stations: Place the Issues/Programs list for the April 1-June 30 calendar quarter in Public Inspection File.

All Commercial Television Stations: Electronically file the Children’s TV Programming Report (FCC Form 398) for April 1-June 30 calendar quarter. Stations should place a copy of the report and documentation regarding children’s programming commercial time in your public file.  Stations also must place in their public inspection files records "sufficient to verify compliance" with the FCC's commercial time limitations in children's programming broadcast during that same period.

Commercial full-power and Class A television stations must electronically file FCC Form 398 demonstrating their responsiveness to "the educational and informational needs of children" for the period April 1 through June 30.

Class A Television Stations should place documentation in their Public Files showing continuing compliance with the FCC's Class A eligibility requirements.

July 15
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and online simulcasters: Must file Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending May 31, 2016.

July 31
Television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable or satellite system in 2015 are eligible to file royalty claims for compensation with the Copyright Office in Washington, DC. Stations that do not file claims by the deadline will not be able to collect royalties for carriage of their signals during 2015.

August 14
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and online simulcasters: Must file Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending June 30, 2016.

September 14
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and online simulcasters: Must file Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending July 31, 2016.

September 30
All Stations: Broadcasters that are subject to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) reporting requirements, and employing more than 100 or more workers, must file their EEO 1 Report (Form 100) by this date.

By October 10
All Stations: Place the Issues/Programs List for the July 1-September 30 calendar quarter in the Public Inspection File.

All Commercial Television Stations: Electronically file the Children’s TV Programming Report (FCC Form 398) for July 1-September 30 calendar quarter. Stations should place a copy of the report and documentation regarding children’s programming commercial time in your online public file. Stations also must place in their public inspection files records "sufficient to verify compliance" with the FCC's commercial time limitations in children's programming broadcast during that same period.

Class A Television Stations should place documentation in their Public Files showing continuing compliance with the FCC's Class A eligibility requirements.

By October 15
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and online simulcasters: Must file Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending August 31, 2016.

November 6
Daylight Saving Time ends. The ending date for Daylight Saving Time was modified by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Daylight Saving Time now ends on the first Sunday in November. ALL DAYTIME-ONLY RADIO STATIONS and stations with pre-sunrise and/or post-sunset authorizations: Check your sign-on and sign-off time (and any pre-sunrise and/or post-sunset times) with your station's current authorization to be sure you are operating legally.

By November 14
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and online simulcasters: Must file Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending September 30, 2016.

December 1
All Commercial Digital Television Licensees, digital Class A television, and digital LPTV stations must electronically file the Annual Ancillary/Supplemental Services Report (Form 2100, Schedule G) with the FCC whether or not they have received any income from transmitting ancillary or supplementary services. DTV stations must remit to the FCC 5% of its gross revenues derived from the ancillary services.  

By December 15
Commercial and non-commercial webcasters and online simulcasters: Must file Monthly Report of Use and Monthly Usage Statement of Account forms to SoundExchange for the month ending October 31, 2016.

* This calendar is intended to be a general source of information on issues of interest to Arkansas Broadcasters. For information on specific circumstances you should seek advice from your attorney. Always double-check specific filing dates and requirements.