Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

2013 fourth-quarter Issues/Programs List deadline for broadcast stations

By Scott R Flick

The next Quarterly Issues/Programs List must be placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 January 2014, reflecting information for the months of October, November and December 2013.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires each broadcast station to air a reasonable amount of programming responsive to significant community needs, issues and problems as determined by the station. The FCC gives each station the discretion to determine which issues facing the community served by the station are the most significant and how best to respond to them in the station’s overall programming.

To demonstrate a station’s compliance with this public interest obligation, the FCC requires the station to maintain and place in the public inspection file a Quarterly List reflecting the ‘station’s most significant programming treatment of community issues during the preceding three-month period’. By its use of the term ‘most significant’, the FCC has noted that stations are not required to list all responsive programming, but only that programming that provided the most significant treatment of the issues identified…

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