FCC to Consider Abolishing Main Studio Rule at its October 24 Meeting

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released the agenda and draft orders for the agency’s open meeting on October 24.

For broadcasters, the most significant proposal on the agenda is the draft order to abolish the main studio rule: the requirement that a broadcast station maintain a main studio in close proximity to its city of license that is open to the public and staffed during normal business hours.

The FCC’s draft order states that in today’s world much communication with broadcasters is done by phone or electronically, and as stations either have or soon will have their public files available online, there was no longer any need to maintain the rule mandating the main studio. The main studio rule has been on the book since 1939. Your MAB is monitoring and will bring you updates.

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