FCC Chairman Looks to Eliminate Paper Filing Requirements
According to a report in InsideRadio, Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai has scheduled a vote this month on scaling back paper filing requirements for broadcasters. The FCC is proposing that both commercial and noncommercial radio and television stations no longer be required to file an array of documents including those that relate to ownership or control of a station, such as time brokerage and joint sales agreements—and in the case of TV stations any network affiliation agreements. “While paper filings may have previously been the most efficient mechanism for ensuring that the Commission and the public had ready access to these materials, we believe that is no longer the case,” stated Pai. If approved, the proposal would launch a formal rulemaking to scale back the station filing demands.