FCC Eliminates EEO Mid-Term Report for Broadcasters

On February 14, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC,” or the “Commission”) released a Report and Order in which it eliminated the requirement that certain broadcast television and radio stations file a Broadcast Mid-Term Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Report (Form 397).  As we reported back in January, the FCC found that the Form 397 reporting obligation became unnecessarily redundant following the completion of the transition of all broadcasters to the Online Public Inspection File (“OPIF”) – which makes most of the information in the Form 397 (i.e., the station’s annual EEO public file reports) available to the public online. The FCC previously used the Form 397 to identify whether a broadcaster’s station employment unit had enough full-time employees to trigger a mid-term EEO review.  In its place, the Commission will now require radio stations to report their staffing size when they upload an…

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