FCC Report 10/9: FCC seeks to revise foreign sponsorship identification rules after court strike


After a federal appeals court struck down part of the new foreign sponsorship rules in July, removing the part that required licensees to independently check two federal databases to verify if a tenant is a “government entity alien,” the FCC has issued a new rulemaking proposal.

The new regulations propose that a broadcaster certify that it has informed its tenant of the foreign sponsorship identification rules and that it has obtained, or sought to obtain, a certification from its tenant indicating whether or not the tenant is a ” foreign government entity”. In addition, the tenant must submit a certification in response to the request, proposes to standardize the certification language to be used in the certifications, and an alternative proposal that the tenant must obtain documentation showing that it does not appear in the federal databases.

The notice also seeks comments on a pending motion to distinguish between advertising and brokered programming by establishing a presumption that any content two minutes or less in length is advertising exempt from foreign sponsorship rules. .

FCC Actions

The FCC revoked the grant of two non-commercial licenses from last year’s filing window to Charles Keiler’s Ethree Group, Inc. following motions to deny that their applications contained inaccurate service population totals . The grants, for 90.5 Cypress Quarters and 90.3 Key Colony Beach FL, will now go to the FCC to make a decision under their points system.

The worship center at 1590 KDAE Sinton TX in Kingsville received a Notice of Violation because parts of its antenna fence had fallen and no longer surrounded the tower.

Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock, Inc. has entered into a consent decree for failure to meet the filing deadline and public record rules for its 90.9 KBDG Turlock CA. The group will pay a civil penalty of $1,500 because it did not file its license renewal application until one day before its license expired on December 1, 2021, as opposed to the required August 1. KBDG also failed to properly maintain its public record online.

The following licensees have filed consent decrees for not keeping their policy files online:

  • 3G Broadcast Licensee of 1540 WADK Newport RI
  • Lloyd Lane Inc. licensed from 1140 WCJW Warsaw NY

Deletions

Two licensees held by James Su have returned their licenses. Major Radio LLC is selling 890 WJTP Lithia Springs/Atlanta GA, while Trade Route Media is selling 1090 KULF Bellville/Houston. The two stations previously aired programs from EDI Media and China Radio International under the name “iCiti News“.

Silent Notifications

  • Association Of Haitians Living Abroad For The Develop’s 88.3 WBIY La Belle FL (antenna destroyed by Hurricane Ian)
  • Family Stations’ 1190 WAMT Pine Castle Sky Lake FL (water damage to transmitter from Hurricane Ian)
  • 1600 WLAA Winter Garden FL from Unity Broadcasting (Tower destroyed by Hurricane Ian)
  • 580 KANA Anaconda MT from Southwest Montana Media (tower lease expired)
  • 850 WKGE Johnstown PA from Zip2 LLC (transmitter failure)
  • 920 KFLB Odessa TX from Family Life Broadcasting (RF module failure)

Morning shifts

Synod Christian Preaching Missouri Lutheran Church 850 KFUO Clayton MO

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