Legal Calendar

2014 Broadcast Legal Calendar
Important Dates Arkansas Broadcasters Need To Know*

By March 17
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, 2013.

April 5
Lowest Unit Charge window opens for May 20 Arkansas Primary election.

By 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, 2014 through March 31, 2014.

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, 2014 through March 31, 2014.

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, 2014 through March 31, 2014.

By 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 28, 2014.

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, 2014.

By 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, 2014.

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

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.

By 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, 2014.

By July 31: Copyright Royalty Claims Due: Television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable or satellite system in 2013 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 2013.

By 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, 2014.

September 5
Lowest Unit Charge window opens for November 4 General Election.

By 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, 2014.

By 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 1
Every three years, commercial television stations with must-carry rights are required to elect either retransmission consent or mandatory carriage (must-carry) on local cable and satellite systems for the upcoming three-year period. 

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.

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, 2014.

November 2
ALL STATIONS: 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, 2014.

December 1
All Commercial Digital Television Licensees: File the Annual Ancillary/Supplemental Services Report (Form 317). Each commercial DTV station licensee must file whether it provided ancillary or supplemental services at any time during the twelve-month period ending on the preceding September 30th. DTV stations must remit to the FCC 5% of its gross revenues derived from the ancillary services. The report must be filed even if no ancillary services were provided in the prior year. 

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, 2014.

* 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.