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Media Bureau Announces Comment Deadlines for Form 323 Proceedings

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Released: January 15, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission
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DA 13-56

Released: January 15, 2013

MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES COMMENT AND REPLY COMMENT DEADLINES

FOR THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKINGS REGARDING THE

COLLECTION OF BROADCAST STATION OWNERSHIP DATA

MB DOCKET NO. 07-294

Comment Deadline: February 14, 2013

Reply Deadline: March 1, 2013

On January 3, 2013, the Commission released the Sixth Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, which seeks comment on the requirement that licensees and other entities filing the
FCC Form 323, Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Station provide an FCC
Registration Number (FRN) generated by the Commission’s Registration System (CORES).1
The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 30 and 45 days,
respectively, after publication in the Federal Register.2 At this time, the Commission is also
accepting comments relating to the Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which seeks
comment on whether to expand the biennial ownership reporting requirement to include
interests, entities and individuals that are not attributable because of (a) the single majority
shareholder exemption and (b) the exemption for interests held in eligible entities pursuant to the
higher EDP threshold.3 The comment cycles for the 5th and 6th FNPRMs will run concurrently
and the Commission encourages parties to combine their comments in the event the comments
address issues raised in both Notices.4

1 See Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services, MB Docket No. 07-294, 6th
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 12-166 (rel. Jan. 3, 2013) (6th FNPRM).
2 See 6th FNPRM at 1.
3 See Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services, Memorandum Opinion &
Order and Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket No. 07-294, 24 FCC Rcd 13040,
13047 ¶ 16 (5th FNPRM).
4 See 6th FNPRM at n.83.

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau announces that the 5th and 6th FNPRMs were
published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2013.5 Comments must be submitted no later
than February 14, 2013. Reply Comments must be submitted no later than March 1, 2013.
Comments should follow the filing instructions provided in 5th and 6th FNPRMs. The FNPRMs
are available on the Commission’s website.6
For additional information on this proceeding, contact Judith Herman, of the Media
Bureau, Industry Analysis Division, at 202-418-2330.

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5 See Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services, 78 Fed. Reg. 2925 (January
15, 2013) (6th FNPRM); Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services, 78 Fed.
Reg. 2934 (January 15, 2013) (5th FNPRM).
6 See http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-92A1.doc (5th FNPRM),
http://www.fcc.gov/document/improving-form-323-data-collection-processes (6th FNPRM).

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