FCC Proposes To Eliminate Main Studio Rule. Action Would Reduce Regulatory Burdens And Costs For Broadcasters.

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to eliminate the main studio rule, which requires each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to have a main studio located in or near its local community. The FCC also proposes to eliminate the requirement that the main studio have full-time management and staff present during normal business hours, and the requirement that it be able to originate programming. The main studio rule, which the FCC first adopted more than 70 years ago, was originally implemented on the premise that local access to the main studio facilitated input from community members and the station’s participation in community activities.

Commission Launches Modernization Of Media Regulation Initiative.

The FCC has initiated a review of its rules applicable to media entities, including television and radio broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television providers. The objective of this proceeding is to eliminate or modify regulations that are outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome. By initiating this review, the Commission takes another step to advance the public interest by reducing unnecessary regulations and undue regulatory burdens that can stand in the way of competition and innovation in media markets.

The Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Procedures For Low Power Television, Television Translator And Replacement Translator Stations.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau (Bureau), has provided guidance for low power television (LPTV), television translator (TV translator) and analog-to-digital replacement translator (DRT) stations (referred to collectively as “LPTV /translator stations”) regarding the post-auction transition period , which began on April 13, 2017, with the completion of the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction (Auction 1000). The purpose of this Public Notice is to summarize and clarify the rules and procedures governing the post-auction transition for LPTV/translator stations.

Media Bureau Opens MB Docket No. 17-105

By Public Notice, the Media Bureau opens MB Docket No. 17 -105, which is captioned “Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative .” Ex Parte Rules . Presentations are subject to “permit -but-disclose” ex parte rules. See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1206, 1.1200(a). Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules. Accessibility Information. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e -mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418 -0530 (voice), (202) 418 -0432 (TTY)

Media Bureau Opens MB Docket No. 17-106

By Public Notice, the Media Bureau opens MB Docket No. 17 -106, which is captioned “Elimination of Main Studio Rule .” Ex Parte Rules. Presentations are subject to “permit -but-disclose” ex parte rules.See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1206, 1.1200(a). Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules. Accessibility Information. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418 -0530 (voice), (202) 418 -0432 (TTY).