FCC Paves Way for Non-Commercial Stations to Fundraise for Sandy
Relief Procedures outlined
November 7, 2012
WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission is waiving rules
prohibiting non-commercial stations from raising funds for outside entities so
they can participate in storm relief efforts. The FCC said it’s already granted
two waivers requests related to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Requests should provide basic details of the fundraising activity, including
the nature of the effort, the proposed duration, the organizations receiving
donations, and whether the fundraiser will be part of a licensee’s regularly
schedule pledge drive or fundraising efforts.
Noncommercial and educational TV stations seeking expedited rules of similar
requests are instructed to email them to Barbara Kreisman; radio stations are
to contact Peter Doyle and Michael Wagner.
The FCC has previously bent the noncom fundraising rules for “disasters of
historic proportions or magnitude,” it said, including 9/11, the 2005 tsunami,
Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Fundraising waivers were issued for specific programs or “sustained station
appeals for periods which generally do not exceed several days,” the commission