FCC to Discuss Eliminating Main Studio Rule in Oct. Meeting

Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24
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WASHINGTON—The fate of the Main Studio Rule could be determined by the end of the month, as the FCC has revealed that a discussion on eliminating the rule is on the agenda for its October Open Commission Meeting.

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The Commission will consider MB Docket No. 17-106, a Report and Order eliminating the rule that requires each AM, FM and television broadcast station to maintain a man studio located in or near its community of license. The Main Studio Rule has been a much debated topic in recent months.

Also on the docket for the October meeting, per the FCC’s press release, is additional support for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; promoting investment in the 3550-3700 MHz band; and updates to rules governing ancilliary/supplementary services and broadcast public notices.

The open meeting will take place on Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the FCC. It will also be streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live.