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2013 third-quarter children’s television programming documentation

By Lauren Lynch Flick and Scott R Flick

The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 October 2013, reflecting programming aired during the months of July, August and September 2013.

As a result of the Children’s Television Act of 1990 and the FCC rules adopted under the act, full-power and Class A television stations are required, among other things, to (1) limit the amount of commercial matter aired during programs originally produced and broadcast for an audience of children 12 years of age and under and (2) air programming responsive to the educational and informational needs of children 16 years of age and under. 

These two obligations, in turn, require broadcasters to comply with two paperwork requirements. Specifically, stations must (1) place in their online public inspection file one of four prescribed types of documentation demonstrating compliance with the commercial limits in children’s television and (2) complete FCC Form 398, which requests information regarding the educational and informational programming the station has aired for children 16 years of age and under…

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