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FCC Gives Stations More Time to File Ownership Forms

Commercial radio, TV get another month to file biennial forms

Commercial AMs, FMs, TVs and LPTV stations have an extra month to file ownership forms with the FCC.

Those are FCC Form 323. In 2009, the agency widened the class of broadcast licensees required to file the form biennially, and replaced the previous system of rolling filing deadlines tied to a station’s renewal anniversary with a uniform filing date.

The deadline for filing Form 323 had been Nov. 1; however the commission has extended that to Dec. 1., stating the extra time is in the public interest because owners with multiple stations may need to file numerous forms.

As RW has reported, the revised ownership form has had quite a bumpy start, including debates and a court case over whether each station owner with an attributable interest in that facility needed to provide a social security number in order to obtain an FCC Registration Number to submit the form. Now that’s an option, as Fletcher Heald’s Harry Cole writes this week.

FM translators, low-power FMs and noncommercial AMs, FMs and TV stations are not affected by the change because they use a different ownership form.