FCC moves to strengthen localism

The commission Tuesday made proposals to increase local programming content and diversity in communities across America
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The FCC took steps to strengthen localism Dec. 18 by proposing measures to ensure broadcast stations offer programming that’s responsive to the needs and interests of their local communities.

The Report on Broadcast Localism and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted makes proposals to increase local programming content and diversity in communities across America. In its review of these issues, the commission accrued more than 83,000 written comments and heard the testimony of 500 panelists offered during the six field hearings on localism conducted throughout the country.

The commission is seeking comment on several tentative proposals, including:

  • Qualified LPTV stations should be granted Class A status, which requires them to provide three hours per week of locally produced programming.
  • Licensees should establish permanent advisory boards in each station community of license with which to consult periodically on community needs and issues.
  • Commission adoption of renewal application processing guidelines that will ensure that all broadcasters provide some locally oriented programming.

The actions and proposals contained in the report are intended to ensure that the nations’ broadcasters will meet this responsibility.

For more information, visit: www.fcc.gov.