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Don’t Forget: Deadline to File EAS Form Three Is Nov. 14

FCC also expands the list of information required

WASHINGTON � While most of the U.S. population may experience election fatigue, broadcasters may be forgiven for feeling their own version of the phenomenon: national EAS test fatigue.

Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin�s recent newsletter begs forgiveness from readers for raising the topic again but reminds them, and us, that the deadline to submit EAS Form Three is nigh � Nov. 14, to be exact. The Federal Communications Commission requires it for all participating broadcast stations (translators excepted).

Also, the authors note that more detailed reporting information will now, apparently, be required � an unheralded, but important change.�

They point out that the FCC EAS Test Reporting System now presents has a menu of choices for both the test receipt and transmission � probably because the �free-form descriptions required a staffer to read and categorize issues.� Stations will also need to provide a list of EAS test sources and identify which supplied which station with the test message � and in what language it was received and transmitted, as well as the exact time of receipt and transmission.�

Read the blog post.