The FCC granted NAB’s petition to extend, by six months, the start date, originally May 26, 2015, for its rule requiring that broadcasters make emergency information accessible. Specifically, the FCC now requires that crawls (excluding crawls aired during newscasts and EAS messages) be audible on a station’s secondary audio channel. This applies to each digital channel on which a broadcaster chooses to air emergency information. The new date for compliance with the audible crawl rule is November 30, 2015. In addition, the FCC has delayed the requirement for describing non-textual information, such as weather graphics, for 18 months, until November 2016.
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