FCC Extends Deadline For Ownership Reports

The FCC has given TV and radio stations until Dec. 20 to file their biennial ownership reports, citing the government shutdown. The deadline had been Dec. 2.

Coincidentally, the opening of the window for filing reports on anyone with an attributable interest in a broadcast property was Oct. 1, the same day the shutdown began.

The National Association of Broadcasters, among others, had asked for the extra time, arguing for preserving the full 60-day window rather than deducting the time during which the FCC's site was out of business.

The FCC agreed.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.