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FCC Approves TV Station Online Disclosure of FCC Filings

The FCC has voted to allow broadcasters to substitute online disclosures of certain FCC applications--rather than having to make them on-air, in newspapers, or both--but with tweaks to the draft order that should please broadcasters concerned the FCC would clutter up their video apps. Actually, the FCC voted all four of its agenda items before the May 13 public meeting--scheduled to begin at 10:30 a. m. --a meeting that was not expected to take more than a few minutes. Currently, some stations, radio and TV, are required to provide written notices to a local newspapers, others to provide on-air notices and some to use both, with specific rules on "timing, frequency, duration, and content. "The FCC said that complexity has created compliance issues it wanted to resolve by streamlining the process, making it uniform, and allowing for online notification on a station's Web site.

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