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David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford,
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

First, the FCC today (2/25) released its first EEO audit notice for 2021. There are radio and TV stations all across the country that are included, including a seemingly high number of noncommercial stations. The FCC has said that they will audit 5% of all broadcast stations each year. Responses to the audit notice require, among other things, that an audited station file information for its employment unit (if the unit has 5 or more full-time employees) including its last two year’s Annual EEO public inspection file reports, as well as backing documentation for its outreach both for specific job openings and as part of its obligations through the FCC’s menu options to educate the community about broadcast employment opportunities and to train people for employment in the broadcast industry. Information about EEO legal actions and efforts by the licensee to assess the effectiveness of its EEO program are also required. Responses from those who are on the audit list are due April 26, 2021.

The audit notice and list of affected stations can be found here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-228A1.pdfEditor’s note:  There are three Michigan stations on the list, all television.

Also, we today published our summary of broadcast regulatory dates for March. That summary is available here: https://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2021/02/articles/march-regulatory-dates-for-broadcasters-copyright-white-spaces-and-zonecasting-comments-lptv-and-translator-analog-to-digital-extension-emergency-alerting-for-streaming-companies-and-more/.

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