After the FCC announced an overhaul of the rules governing licensee-conducted broadcast contests, the Office of Management and Budget approved the rule changes last week, as observed by the blog of law firm Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth. The new rules officially went into effect today, Friday, Feb. 12.
With these new rules now in place, stations can post their contest rules on their websites rather than having to make extended on-air announcements of the rules. Some on-air requirements will still apply, however.
According to FHH writer Harry Cole, the rules have to be available at a publicly accessible online site, in writing and include all the “material terms” of the contest. If stations do post contest rules on line, the rules do dictate that listeners must be made aware of that through on-air announcements of where to find it online. In addition, any rules changes made to the contest must be added to the online post, and then be announced on-air within 24 hours.
To review the revised rules, check out FHH’s original post from September 2015.
FCC Modernizes Contest Rules.