Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists Due in Public File
Full power TV, Class A TV, and AM and FM radio stations are required to place in their public inspection files by the tenth day following the end of each quarter (and if the 10th falls on a weekend or holiday, then by the first business day after the 10th) a list of programs that have provided the station’s most significant treatment of community issues during the preceding calendar quarter. In a proceeding that has been pending at the FCC for multiple years, the FCC is considering a new, standardized form for Issues/Programs Lists, but no standardized form has been adopted yet.
Full power and Class A television stations and commercial radio stations with five or more full-time employees in the Top 50 Nielsen Audio Markets must upload Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists to the station’s online public file hosted on the FCC’s OPIF website (https://publicfiles.fcc.gov) where they must remain for the duration of the license term. All other radio stations should continue to place the Issues/Programs Lists in the station’s paper public inspection file where they must remain for the duration of the license term (or until March 1, 2018, which is the deadline for all radio stations to begin using the FCC’s OPIF system).