With publication in the Federal Register on June 2, the FCC is now seeking comments on the proposed elimination of the main studio rule. Comments are due on or before July 3 and reply comments are due on or before July 17, 2017.
As part of the publication of the proposal, the Commission notes: “In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), we propose to eliminate the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) rule that requires each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the rule was outdated because in the digital age the community has access and can engage with stations via social media or email without having a physical studio nearby. He also said maintaining a physical address is an expense better put to other uses, like adding more local programming.
In addition to the elimination of the main studio rule, the Commission is also seeking comment on its review of all media rules. The Modernization of Media Regulations will consider all media-related FCC rules with the goal of either reforming or eliminating the rules that are no longer applicable in the modern media environment. Read the FCC release here.