The Commission is in the process of implementing updated versions of FCC Form 323 and FCC Form 323-E (Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations). The Commission will announce when electronic versions of the updated forms are available online. Until then, licensees and other entities that are required to file non-biennial Ownership Reports for commercial broadcast stations should continue using the current version of Form 323.
On September 1, 2017, the Media Bureau released an Order postponing the opening of the 2017 biennial filing window, and extending the 2017 biennial filing deadline, for the submission of broadcast ownership reports on FCC Form 323, Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations, and FCC Form 323-E, Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations. Pursuant to the Order, the Bureau will begin accepting 2017 biennial ownership reports on Form 323 (commercial stations) and Form 323-E (noncommercial stations) on December 1, 2017. Broadcast licensees and other entities required to file biennial ownership reports on Form 323 or Form 323-E must file their 2017 reports by March 2, 2018. These reports must provide information current as of October 1, 2017. Please refer to the Bureau’s 2017 Order for more information.
The Bureau has suspended the rolling biennial filing deadlines for licensees of noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcast stations and other entities who would otherwise be required to biennially file the existing version of Form 323-E on a license renewal anniversary date that occurs prior to March 2, 2018. These filers must submit biennial ownership reports on the revised version of Form 323-E by March 2, 2018, and the information contained on these reports must be current as of October 1, 2017. If you have questions about whether you are required to file a biennial ownership report on Form 323 or Form 323-E, please contact Form323@fcc.gov.
Beginning with the 2017 biennial filing window, all licensees of AM, FM, TV, Class A, and Low Power Television (LPTV) stations and entities with attributable interests in such stations must complete and submit biennial ownership reports on the revised versions of Forms 323 and 323-E in the Commission’s Licensing and Management System (LMS). More filing guidance will be available at a later date. At this time, licensees and other entities must continue to submit required non-biennial ownership reports on the existing versions of Forms 323 and 323-E in the Consolidated Database System (CDBS) as these reports become due. The Bureau will announce when licensees and other entities must begin submitting non-biennial ownership reports on the LMS versions of Form 323 and Form 323-E.
For questions regarding the filing of a biennial ownership report on Form 323 or 323-E, please send a detailed e-mail to Form323@fcc.gov.
For questions regarding CORES FCC Registration Numbers (CORES FRNs) please contact the FRN Help Desk at 877-480-3201 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm ET) or by e-mail at CORESHelpDesk@fcc.gov.
Filers are encouraged to monitor this website for further updates regarding the FCC Forms 323 and 323-E.