Comments due:  June 1, 2021
Reply Comments due:  June 14, 2021

On April 29, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on TBS’s petition for limited waiver of the requirement to provide 87.5 hours of audio described programming per calendar quarter. 

The requested waiver would be subject to the condition that the network meet the following alternative minimum requirements for providing described programming: 

(1) TBS would air at least 1,000 hours of described programming each quarter (and more than 1,400 hours of described programming on average per quarter over the waiver period) without regard to the number of repeats; and

(2) TBS would describe 100 percent of newly produced, non-live programming aired between 6:00 a.m. and midnight ET within three business days of its receipt from a production company.

Links to the Public Notice: 
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-497A1.docx  
PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-497A1.pdf
Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-497A1.txt

For general information about audio description, visit https://www.fcc.gov/audio-description.  For specific questions about this Public Notice, please contact Michael Scurato at (202) 418-2083 or by email at Michael.Scurato@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Updated: 
Thursday, April 29, 2021