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All Class A and full-power television stations must comply with online political file requirements as of 1 July 2014

By Christine A Reilly

Class A and full-power television broadcasters in all markets regardless of network affiliation and market rank must comply with the online retention of political programming materials as of 1 July 2014.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently published in the Federal Register a reminder that all Class A and full-power television broadcasters must, by 1 July 2014, begin maintaining new political advertising materials mandated by section 73.1943 of the Commission’s Rules in the station’s online public inspection file.

As previously reported, pursuant to the FCC’s Second Report and Order (R&O), adopted in May 2012, Class A and full-power television stations affiliated with the top four networks in the top 50 designated market areas (DMAs) have been required to comply with the online political file rule since 2 August 2012…

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