The Children's Television Act of 1990, 47 C.F.R section 73.671(a), and later legislation, oblige television broadcast licensees to serve, over the term of a license, the educational and informational needs of children. Commercial television stations must report their children's educational and informational broadcast programming efforts to the FCC by electronically filing FCC Form 398, Children's Television Programming Report, each quarter. Non-commercial television broadcast stations are exempt from this reporting requirement.
The Children's Television Reporting System is the FCC's computer system for accepting, retaining, monitoring, and publicly disclosing Children's Television Programming Reports. Forms 398 filed with the FCC are recorded in a database. Members of the public can monitor children's television programming aired on commercial television broadcast stations by accessing the database.
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New System for Filing Form 398
Some filers reported experiencing connectivity problems while trying to file form 398. This issue is currently being addressed. In order to minimize any issues encountered please follow the below guidelines:
- ALL Users: We strongly recommend that you use either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser of choice when completing form 398. This is primarily to avoid cross scripting errors that some filers have run into using IE 8 & 9. If you must use Internet Explorer, please follow these steps to correct the problem.
- If You Encounter Problems:
- The optimal scenario will be to access form 398, fill out the form, validate and submit all within the same session, but NOT to save during this process.
- If #1 is not possible, or if you are running into connectivity problems during a peak traffic time, then save frequently. When saving the HTML on your local computer use a different name each time. Should your file become corrupt prior to submission, you will now have multiple versions to revert to in order to try and identify a prior working version that you will be able to submit without having to start from scratch.
To support stations’ timely and accurate filing, the Commission has included KidVid Support within the Children’s Educational Television Reporting – Form 398 information page to provide troubleshooting guidance and FAQs.
If stations require further assistance, support is available via Internet and phone. Via the Internet, contact FCC eSupport at http://esupport.fcc.gov/request.htm. Filers must select “Children’s Television Reporting System (CDBS – KidVid)” from the “FCC System” dropdown menu.
Via phone, contact FCC eSupport Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET (except Federal holidays), at 1-877-480-3201 (TTY: 1-717-338-2824) and select Option 2.
The Children’s Television Programming Reports identify the programming that a commercial television station has aired to serve the educational and informational needs of children.
For more information pertaining to the Children’s Television Programming Report (Form 398), please call: (202) 418-1600.