FCC to Vote on Main Studio Proposal
Tuesday, October 3rd, The FCC announced that it plans to vote on a Report and Order in connection with its proposal to eliminate its main studio rule at its October Open Meeting on October 24.
The FCC’s main studio rule requires each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license. The Commission first adopted main studio requirements in 1939 to ensure that stations would be accessible and responsive to their communities. However, a local main studio is no longer needed to fulfill these purposes. Broadcast stations’ transition from local public inspection files, maintained at the station’s main studio, to an online file hosted by the Commission will be almost entirely complete by March 2018, and thus the need for community members to visit a station’s local main studio to access its public inspection file is quickly becoming a relic of the past. Similarly, broadcast stations now interact with their communities of license online, and technology enables them to produce local news even without a nearby studio. Click here to read entire Fact Sheet and Draft Report and Order.