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The FCC today (2/9) released an EEO Audit letter, targeting radio and TV stations in almost every state. All stations that are listed need to respond to the letter, reporting not only on the employment practices at the named station, but also at every other station in the named station’s employment unit.
There are Michigan radio and television stations listed.
For station employment units with fewer than 5 full-time employees (30 hours or more per week), the response is relatively simple – listing the employment positions at the station, how many hours the person that fills that position works, and reporting whether the station has had any EEO complaints filed with the EEOC or state employment commission.
Station employment units with 5 or more full-time employees have much more substantial reporting obligations – filing the last two EEO public file reports with backing documentation to demonstrate that the efforts listed in the public file report were taken, plus information about recruitment sources and other station employment practices.
Responses to the audit letter are due by March 28.
The announcement of the audit, and the text of the audit letter are here: : DA-17-141A1.pdf
The list of radio stations that are being audited is here: DA-17-141A2.pdf
The list of audited TV stations is here: DA-17-141A3.pdf
Over the past several weeks, more stories of Barix STL device hijacking have popped up from around the country. Most recently, hackers have been taking over the signals of radio stations, substituting regular programming with a recorded loop of an "obscene anti-Donald Trump song."
On Saturday 2/4, the FCC issued the following advisory on the topic:
In late January, House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-93) announced committee assignments for the 2017-2018 term. A new committee focused on Michigan’s competitiveness was created and added to the roster this legislation session.
The full roster of policy committees and appropriations subcommittees is available here and here, respectfully.
Available to all broadcasters, NAB members or not.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced that new We Are Broadcasters spots are now available for download. The spots highlight why there’s a big difference between broadcast stations and other sources of information, reminding policymakers and audiences that when Americans seek a trusted news source they know they can always rely on our local radio and television stations.
Please download and air these new spots. All stations, not just NAB members, can access the spots at WeAreBroadcasters.com/Resources. Radio and TV spots are available in English and Spanish and in a variety of lengths.
NAB launched the We Are Broadcasters campaign in 2013 to educate legislators about the many ways their constituents rely on local broadcasters. To date, more than 2 million spots have been aired by stations. As NAB works to ensure a strong future for broadcasters with a new administration and Congress, support of this campaign will continue to make a tremendous difference in the policy battles ahead.
Working together, we are reminding legislators that local radio and TV stations are the pulse of our communities – delivering the news, emergency updates, weather and entertainment that are relevant to our lives.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Sue Keenom or Michelle Lehman at the NAB.
MAB Washington Legal Counsel David Oxenford is making his 2017 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters available as a free download for MAB members.
The calendar may be downloaded here: