MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford alerts us to a Public Notice released last week by the FCC, reminding broadcasters that a two-month biennial ownership report window opened Friday, October 1 and will stay open through Wednesday, December 1.
All licensees of commercial and non-commercial full power television, Class A television, low power television, AM radio and FM radio stations must file a report with ownership information current as of October 1.
On October 5, FCC staff presented an online informational session, explaining the filing requirements. That session was archived and can be viewed here.
The public notice states that it is critical that broadcast licensees comply with this fundamental and longstanding reporting obligation. Information contained in biennial ownership reports helps the Commission and the public know who owns, operates, and controls broadcast stations. In addition, this information is crucial to understanding the broadcast industry as a whole, including an understanding of the diversity and multiplicity of owners. Consistent with the importance of this information, Commission staff intends to pursue enforcement actions against licensees that fail to file their biennial ownership reports in a timely or complete manner.