All Broadcasters Required to Register on the FCC EAS Test Reporting System by August 26, 2016
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that all stations are required to use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Reporting System (ETRS) to report on the results of the nationwide EAS test that will take place on September 28, 2016.
You will need a valid FCC Registration Number (FRN) in order to file a form using ETRS.
The process starts with registration through the FCC’s COmmission REgistration System (CORES). Upon registration, you will be assigned a FCC Registration Number (FRN). This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC. Please visit CORES if you do not have an FRN, need to update your FRN profile, or need to reset your password.
The next step is to access the FCC website where you can register for the ETRS. After successfully completing the ETRS Registration Page, you will be e-mailed your ETRS account credentials and a link to the ETRS log-in page, where you can then access Form One.
Form Two must be filled out within 24 hours after a test—in this case after September 28, 2016.
Form Three will be due within 45 days of the test.
Click here to access the ETRS home page and get the ETRS Manual and ETRS Webinar Recording.
If you need a step-by-step explanation, The Broadcasters’ Desktop Resource provides worthwhile information on this subject. If you prefer Station-to-Station support, the NFCB listserve is a valuable resource.
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LPRC periodically addresses up-to-date compliance issues in our monthly newsletter and in our website. Please contact LPRC’s Latino Desk at email@example.com if you need additional information.
Local Content & Service Report
Several of LPRC’s member stations are joint licensees and have requested LPRC to include CPB CSG TV requirements in our Compliance Alert electronic mailings. Therefore, today’s reminder addresses the TV Local Content and Service Report. [Read More]
CPB.org Down for Maintenance
LPRC received information from CPB regarding their website cpb.org. The site is currently undergoing maintenance and an upgrade. During this period, the site is not accepting any new music rights registrations or ISIS changes. However, stations should still be able to access documents and RFPs.
The site should be fully operational again beginning Feb. 22, 2016.
If you are streaming music, you need to submit Reports of Use each quarter in order for SX to make payments to artists and labels. Be aware of these deadlines. Read more.
Compliance and the 2016 CPB-SoundExchange Agreement
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR have reached an agreement with SoundExchange that will continue to allow public broadcasters to stream (music) sound recordings over the Internet for five years starting on January 1, 2016, when the current agreement expires.
CPB will pay all the fees to cover qualified public radio stations for the entire term (January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2020). As in the previous SoundExchange agreements, stations eligible to be covered must be either CPB CSG qualified; an NPR member station; or an NFCB member station. The SoundExchange agreement does not apply to public television stations. Stations were required to opt in by December 31, 2015.
Compliance and the CSG Transparency & Diversity Requirements
CSG funding is conditioned on Grantee’s certification on their compliance with several requirements, including the Public Broadcasting Act and the CSG General Provisions, among others. CSG obligations require that stations establish diversity and transparency goals and engage in activities designed to reflect and achieve said goals.