Are you an FCC broadcast licensee or MVPD operator concerned about your EEO responsibilities? Each year approximately five percent of all licensees in the television and radio services will be randomly selected for an EEO audit. On January 4, 2012, the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) along with the Policy Division of the FCC’s Media Bureau, will host a summit  discussing best practices and compliance issues with the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity rules. The summit will provide impacted regulatees, broadcasters and MVPDs, with insight from Commission staff as well as representatives from other regulated entities.
As part of its efforts to assist small, women- and minority-owned communications businesses, OCBO will be hosting a series of panels with representatives from a wide cross section of regulated entities. Panelists will give interested parties a summary of the relevant regulations and will discuss various industry best-practices for achieving viewpoint diversity through broad outreach and recruitment.
The morning event will consist of two separate panels. The first panel will feature FCC officials who are responsible for oversight of the Commission’s EEO program and practitioners who have counseled broadcasters and MVPDs on creating and maintaining FCC compliant EEO programs. The second panel, will feature representatives from regulated entities who will present their perspectives on daily compliance issues that they face on an ongoing basis.
If you are a small broadcaster or MVPD operator, we hope you’ll join us on January 4, 2012 in the FCC’s meeting room, from 9AM to 1PM. If you’re unable to attend in person, we will be streaming the event live on the FCC’s website and will be taking questions live online. For additional information and updates about the summit, keep an eye on our website or query me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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