The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA) requires certain U.S.-based foreign media outlets to submit reports every 6 months to the Commission regarding the outlets' relations to their foreign principals.  An outlet is required to report to the Commission if the outlet (A) produces or distributes video programming (as defined in section 602 of the Communications Act) that is transmitted, or intended for transmission, by a multichannel video programming distributor (as defined in section 602) to consumers in the United States; and (B) would be an agent of a foreign government or of a foreign political party for purposes of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1918 (FARA) (22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq.) but for section 1(d) of FARA (22 U.S.C. § 611(d)).

The NDAA requires the Commission to make publicly available on its website each report submitted by a United States-based foreign media outlet.

On September 4, 2018, the Commission issued a Public Notice informing affected parties of these requirements.

Public Notice

  • Public Notice, Media Bureau Announces Second Disclosure Deadline for United States-based Foreign Media Outlets, DA 19-148, released March 5, 2019
  • Public Notice, FCC Announces Disclosure Requirements for United States-based Foreign Media Outlets, DA 18-911, released September 4, 2018

Reports to Congress

Below are the submissions filed by the outlets with the Commission in response to the NDAA requirement.


May 7, 2019 Anadolu Agency NA, Inc.
MHz News LLC
November 2, 2018 Anadolu Agency NA, Inc.
MHz News LLC