TV, Class A TV, and locally originating LPTV stations licensed to communities in Delaware and Pennsylvania must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on February 1, 2015. License renewal applications for all TV stations in Delaware and Pennsylvania are due by April 1, 2015.

Pre-Filing License Renewal Announcements

Stations in the video services that are licensed to communities in Delaware and Pennsylvania must file their license renewal applications by April 1, 2015.

Beginning two months prior to that filing, full power TV, Class A TV, and LPTV stations capable of local origination must air four pre-filing renewal announcements alerting the public to the upcoming license renewal application filing. These stations must air the first pre-filing announcement on February 1, 2015. The remaining announcements must air on February 16, March 1, and March 16, 2015, for a total of four announcements. A sign board or slide showing the licensee’s address and the FCC’s Washington DC address must be displayed while the pre-filing announcements are broadcast.

For commercial stations, at least two of these four announcements must air between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) or 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Central/Mountain). Locally-originating LPTV stations must broadcast these announcements as close to the above schedule as their operating schedule permits. Noncommercial stations must air the announcements at the same times as commercial stations, but need not air any announcements in a month in which the station does not operate. A noncommercial station that will not air some announcements because it is off the air must air the remaining announcements as listed above, i.e., the first two must air between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) or 5:00 p.m. and  10:00 p.m. (Central/Mountain).

The text of the pre-filing announcement is as follows:

On [date of last renewal grant], [call letters] was granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the public interest as a public trustee until August 1, 2015. [Stations which have not received a renewal grant since the filing of their previous renewal application should modify the foregoing to read: “(Call letters) is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the public interest as a public trustee.”]

Our license will expire on August 1, 2015. We must file an application for renewal with the FCC by April 1, 2015. When filed, a copy of this application will be available for public inspection at www.fcc.gov. It contains information concerning this station’s performance during the last eight years [or other period of time covered by the application, if the station’s license term was not a standard eight-year license term].

Individuals who wish to advise the FCC of facts relating to our renewal application and to whether this station has operated in the public interest should file comments and petitions with the Commission by July 1, 2015.

Further information concerning the FCC’s broadcast license renewal process is available at [address of location of the station] or may be obtained from the FCC, Washington, DC 20554.

If a station misses airing an announcement, it should broadcast a make-up announcement as soon as possible and contact us to further address the situation. As noted above, special rules apply to noncommercial stations that do not normally operate during any month when their announcements would otherwise be required to air, as well as to other silent stations. These stations should contact us to ensure they give the required public notice.

Post-Filing License Renewal Announcements

In coordination with the license renewal filing, full power TV, Class A TV, and locally-originating LPTV stations must broadcast six post-filing renewal announcements. These announcements must air on April 1, April 16, May 1, May 16, June 1, and June 16, 2015. At least three of these announcements must air between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) or 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Central/Mountain). At least one announcement must air in each of the following local time periods: between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A sign board or slide showing the licensee’s address and the FCC’s Washington DC address must be displayed while the post- filing announcements are being broadcast.

Noncommercial stations should air the announcements on this same schedule, except in those circumstances described above where they do not normally operate at that time. Locally-originating LPTV stations must broadcast these announcements as close to the above schedule as their operating schedule permits.

The text of the post-filing announcement is as follows:

On [date of last renewal grant], [call letters] was granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the public interest as a public trustee until August 1, 2015.

Our license will expire on August 1, 2015. We have filed an application for renewal with the FCC.

A copy of this application is available for public inspection at www.fcc.gov. It contains information concerning this station’s performance during the last eight years [or other period of time covered by the application, if the station’s license term was not a standard eight-year license term].

Individuals who wish to advise the FCC of facts relating to our renewal application and to whether this station has operated in the public interest should file comments and petitions with the FCC by July 1, 2015.

Further information concerning the FCC’s broadcast license renewal process is available at [address of location of the station] or may be obtained from the FCC, Washington DC 20554.

Public Inspection File Statement of Compliance

Within seven days of the broadcast of the last post-filing announcement (i.e. by June 23, 2015), television and Class A television station applicants should complete the attached Statement of Compliance and upload it to the station’s online public inspection file in the appropriate section. Locally-originating LPTV stations should also complete the Statement of Compliance. While LPTV stations are not required to keep a public inspection file, they are required to maintain a station records file containing their current authorization and copies of all FCC filings and correspondence with the Commission. Therefore, LPTV stations should place the completed Statement of Compliance in that station file.

Newspaper Public Notice Requirements for Certain LPTV and TV Translator Stations

LPTV stations that do not locally originate programming and TV translator stations are not required to broadcast pre-filing or post-filing announcements. However, upon filing a license renewal application for such a station, the licensee must publish a public notice of the filing in a local newspaper published or having circulation in the community served by the station. If there is no such newspaper, the licensee must determine an appropriate means of providing the required notice to the general public, such as posting it in the local post office or other public place.

The FCC has indicated that broadcasters who are eligible to seek renewal of both a translator station and the full power station that it rebroadcasts using the same application form can forgo running the newspaper public notice of the translator's renewal filing.

The notice must contain the name of the applicant, the community served by the station, the station’s transmitter site, the station’s output channel and power, a statement that the station engages in or intends to engage in rebroadcasting of another station, including the call letters, location, and channel of operation of the station(s) rebroadcast, the date the application was filed, and a statement which advises that the application is for renewal of license and invites comments from individuals who wish to advise the FCC of facts relating to the renewal application and whether the station has operated in the public interest. After publication of the notice, the licensee should complete and execute the attached Statement of Compliance regarding that publication.

While LPTV and TV translator licensees are not required to keep a public inspection file, they are required to maintain a station records file containing their current authorization and copies of all FCC filings and correspondence with the Commission. Therefore, LPTV and TV translator stations should place the completed Statement of Compliance in that station file.

More information on complying with the newspaper public notice requirement can be found on pages 6 and 7 of this Advisory.