In April, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an Order requiring television stations to upload portions of their public files into an online database hosted at the FCC. Stations in the top 50 markets affiliated with the top four broadcast networks were required to upload their political files beginning August, 2012, and all other television stations were required to begin uploading their political files on July 1, 2014.
Readers will find that the Eighteenth Edition of the Political Broadcasting Catechism takes you from the first issues that determine whether the political rules apply in a specific situation, all the way through the process as stations encounter the myriad issues and questions presented during any campaign season. This edition also provides specific and detailed questions and answers topics, as well as “Quiz Yourself” sections to provide readers with a gauge of their knowledge of a particular area. This publication provides broadcasters with an easier way to make informed decisions regarding political broadcasting questions.