KJLA Public File
FCC Public File for KJLA-DTV 57/49 Ventura, Los Angeles, CA
 

Website Revisions
Monday, May 19th, 2008

Pages

1 - License
STA needs updating

2 - Applications +
Link to FCC site up to date.

3 - Citizen Agreements
N/A up to date.

4 - Contour Maps
needs updating under construction

5 - FCC Investigation
N/A up to date.

6 - Ownership Reports
Link to FCC site up to date.

7 - List of Contracts
Revised 02/01/2008

8 - Political File
N/A up to date.

9 - Employment reports
Link to FCC site up to date.

10 - Public and Broadcasting
Link to FCC site up to date.

11 - Letters
needs updating under construction

12 - Issues/Programs List
Updated 01/28/08 folder is up to date.

13 - Childrens Programming
Link to FCC site up to date.

14 - Childrens Commercials
Revised 02/02/08

15 - Brokerage Agreements
N/A up to date.

16 - List of Donors
N/A up to date.

17 - Public notice
Revised 02/02/08

18 - Must-Carry
Revised 02/02/08

Notes:
The PDF scans will be evaluated to see if they comply with FCC requirements.

FCC Rules Childrens

FCC Issues New Rules for Children’s Television Programming

By Jack Goodman, William R. Richardson, Jr.

Earlier this fall, the Federal Communications Commission (the Commission or FCC) revised its 2004 order establishing new and expanded obligations for children’s television programming, ostensibly for DTV channels but also applying to some extent to analog channels. This new order adopts a joint compromise crafted by a wide range of industry and public interest groups. These changes, which go into effect on January 2, 2007, are summarized below.

Rules Regarding the Provision of Core Programming

Multicasting Rule. The order retains the revised educational and informational programming processing guideline the Commission adopted in 2004 for DTV multicasting, with a clarification regarding the limit on the repeat of core programs that applies to DTV channels (this limit on repeats does not apply to analog channels).

In 1996, the Commission adopted a processing guideline that allows broadcasters to receive staff-level approval of their license renewal application if they air at least three hours of programming designed to serve the educational and informational needs of children ages 16 and under (core programming) per week. The 2004 order, reaffirmed in this new order, applies this three-hour guideline to multicast DTV streams in a roughly proportional way. The DTV stream that simulcasts analog programming does not have any additional children’s programming obligations, so long as the core programming aired on the analog channel is also carried on that DTV stream.

If your station broadcasts additional free DTV streams, the Commission now will require you to air additional core programming. One-sixth of an entire week of programming is 28 hours. For each stream broadcast for free from 1 to 28 hours per week, stations will be obliged to program an additional half hour of core programming. For example, if you broadcast an additional 60 hours of free programming on a DTV stream, the Commission will require one and a half hours of additional core programming. If you air a multicast stream around the clock, you will be required to air an additional three hours of required core programming. If you have two free full-time multicast streams, six additional hours of core programming will be required.

You are permitted to air all or some of the additional DTV core programming on either your main DTV stream or on any multicast stream, so long as the multicast stream receives MVPD carriage comparable to the stream that prompted the obligation. For example, if you have two full-time multicast streams, one carrying weather programming and the other programming from the CW, you could place all six additional weekly hours of core programming on the CW stream if the CW stream has cable and satellite carriage at least equal to that of the weather stream.[i]

The new order clarifies the 2004 order’s limit on the use of repeat programming for the purpose of satisfying the guidelines for DTV streams. Under the earlier order, at least 50% of core programming could not be repeated during the same week to qualify as core?with two exceptions. The first exception is for streams that merely shift the time of an entire programming lineup so as to give viewers a chance to watch the same programming at a different time. This would apply if you used a DTV stream solely to time-shift another program stream. The second exception provides that core programs that air on both the analog channel and the simulcast digital stream will not be considered repeats.

The new order clarifies that a repeat for these purposes is an episode that has already aired on any digital stream within the previous seven days. Under the clarified rule, you will, therefore, be able to use different episodes of the same program to satisfy your core programming obligations without any time restrictions, and you will also be able to use the same episodes that aired in previous weeks on another stream to do so. The order also amends Form 398?the quarterly Children’s Television Programming Report?to require you to certify that you have complied with this restriction regarding repeats. The new version of the form should be used beginning with the one due April 10, 2007, for the first quarter of next year. Although you will not be required to identify each program episode, you will need to retain records to document the accuracy of this certification?including records of actual program episodes aired?and to make this documentation available to the public upon request. The form requires you to identify a children’s programming liaison, and that person should be able to provide documentation of your compliance with the repeat rule.

Preemption Rule. To qualify as core programming, children’s programming must be “regularly scheduled,” which means that the program must be scheduled to air at least once per week and must air on a regular basis. In the 2004 order, the Commission imposed a 10% cap on the number of preemptions of core children’s programming per calendar quarter, with the exception of preemptions for breaking news. This rule, which applied to both analog and DTV channels, was a particular hardship to Pacific and Mountain time zone stations given the frequency of preemptions for live sports events on Saturdays. The new order repeals this cap and returns to the staff’s prior case-by-case approach for addressing the number of preemptions and rescheduling of core programming.

Pursuant to that approach, the new order requires all networks requesting preemption flexibility to file a request by August 1 of each year stating the number of expected preemptions, when the program will be rescheduled, whether the rescheduled time will be the program’s established substitute time slot (second home) and how the network plans to notify viewers of the schedule change at the time of the preemption. The FCC expects that stations will air information about the substitute time slot at the time a preempted core program normally airs. The Commission said that it did not expect that non-network stations would require substantial preemption relief. If you expect to have substantial preemptions of core programming on non-network stations or streams, you should develop a plan including second homes for your core programming. The Commission plans to monitor preemptions under this policy.

Rules Limiting Commercial Messages

Website Rule. In the 2004 order, the FCC for the first time restricted the display of website addresses during children’s programming, and applied those rules to both analog and digital programming. It determined that an Internet website address could be displayed during programming aimed at children aged 12 and under only if the following four criteria are satisfied: (1) the website offers a substantial amount of bona fide program-related or other noncommercial content; (2) the website is not primarily intended for commercial purposes; (3) the website’s pages are clearly labeled to distinguish the noncommercial from the commercial sections; and (4) the website page to which viewers are directed is not used for commercial purposes. This part of the 2004 order did not go into effect while the FCC considered changes. The new order adopts two clarifications to this website rule:

First, it clarifies that the website rule applies only where Internet addresses are displayed during program material or promotional material not counted as commercial time. Thus, the FCC will not regulate website addresses displayed during commercials and promotions that count toward the commercial limits.

Second, it clarifies that, if an Internet address for a website that does not meet the four-part test is displayed during a program promotion, the promotion must be clearly separated from programming material. Also, inclusion of a website address that does not meet the criteria of the four-part test during an otherwise-exempt program promotion (see below) will result in that program’s promotions being counted towards the commercial time limits.
The new order also adopts two exemptions from the website rule:

Public service announcements aired on behalf of independent nonprofit or government organizations (or media companies in partnership with either of these) that display websites not under the control of the licensee will be permitted.
The display of website addresses during station identifications and emergency announcements will not be regulated, even if they do not meet the four-part test.
Note that the FCC declined to follow the National Association of Broadcasters’ suggestion to permit stations to rely on representations from a network or other program provider that website addresses in their programs meet the four-part test. As a practical matter, this means that you will be responsible for confirming that websites appearing in children’s programming meet the test. While you can certainly ask program suppliers for information to help make this determination, the FCC will place ultimate responsibility on licensees.

Host Selling Rule. The Commission has long prohibited the use of program characters or show hosts to sell products in commercials aired during or adjacent to children’s programs in which they appear. In the 2004 order, the Commission extended this ban to the display of website addresses that include program characters or show hosts, and required licensees to be able to document their compliance with the extended ban. This extension applied to both analog and DTV channels, and its effective date was also delayed until the most recent order.

The new order eases this restriction to a limited degree. The ban now applies only to website addresses displayed during or adjacent to a program if, on website pages primarily devoted to free, noncommercial content regarding the program or one of its characters, (1) the website sells products that feature a character appearing in the program or (2) a character that appears in the program is used “to actively sell products.” Thus, addresses may now be displayed for websites where the pages selling merchandise featuring a program-related character are separated from the noncommercial material. Display of website addresses for pages that are commercial in nature will continue to be prohibited during programming, regardless of whether there is host selling, and commercial website addresses displayed during commercial breaks in a program must not use the program or its characters to sell products.

The Commission excluded from the new rule third-party sites linked from the advertisers’ or broadcasters’ web pages, on-air third-party advertisements with website references to third-party websites, and pages that are primarily devoted to multiple characters from multiple programs.

Promotions Rule: Definition of “Commercial Matter.” The 2004 order expanded the definition of “commercial matter,” for purposes of calculating compliance with the commercial limits for children’s programs, to include all program promotions other than for children’s educational or informational programs. That expansion covered both analog and digital channels, and its effective date was also postponed. The new order changes the rule and provides that (1) promotions for educational and informational programming on any channel and (2) promotions for any children’s or other age-appropriate programming appearing on the same channel (whether or not informational or educational) will not be considered commercial matter.

The FCC did not answer the question of how it will define a “channel” in a digital environment. Arguably, a broadcaster could promote children’s or other age-appropriate programming it airs on a different stream without having those promotions count towards the commercial limits.

The new rules are complicated and may be difficult to apply in practice, and the Commission’s staff has been unable to answer numerous questions about interpretation of the rules. As questions arise, we can help you work through the rules or seek guidance from the staff.

For more information on this or other communications and e-commerce matters, contact the authors listed above.

[i] All core programming aired on the analog channel and on any digital stream must include the E/I identification during the entire time the program airs.

Common Links to FCC
main www.fcc.gov
media bureau http://www.fcc.gov/mb/ media bureau
Video Division (TV LPTV DTV) http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/
Audio Division (FM AM) http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/
Cable+ Engineering Div. http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/
U.L.S. (Microwave+) http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/
A.S.R. Antenna Structure Registration http://wireless.fcc.gov/antenna/
CFR FCC Rules http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/cfrassemble.cgi?title=200247
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/amfmrule.html
Search rule numbers:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/47CFRrule.html
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov
The public and broadcasting
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/decdoc/
Public inspection file
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/decdoc/public_and_broadcasting
EAS http://www.fcc.gov/eb/eas/

Online filing:
Log in page TV/FM http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts
Forms list http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html

FEES-
Main FEE page http://www.fcc.gov/fees/
http://www.fcc.gov/fees/appfees.html
Broadcast FEES 2004 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov
Wireless STA http://wireless.fcc.gov/feesforms/feeguide/
Form 159 Remittance http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html

FRN-# https://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cores/CoresHome.html
FCC Registration
If you wish to conduct business with the FCC, you must first register 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.

Searches:
TV http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/audio/tvq.html
FM http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/fmq.html
AM http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/audio/amq.html
Station mailing Info http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/mailaddr.html
Antenna Search: http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/ant_search.htm
OWNERSHIP REPORTS: http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/own_search.htm

CDBS Public Access database search for applications and other info
http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/cdbs_pa.htm

Towers:
http://wireless.fcc.gov/antenna/
http://wireless.fcc.gov/antenna/documentation/

Broadcast Self-Inspection Checklists
http://www.fcc.gov/eb/bc-chklsts/

Unattended Operation
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/noonehome.html

Tools:
Radio Tools Popup — Requires Javascript.
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/radio_tools.html
Great little tool links to all kinds of data

Online conversion tools
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/findvalues.html
Conversions at link:
FM Channel to Frequency, FM Frequency to Channel
TV Channel to Frequency Band, Feet to/from Meters
Miles to/from Kilometers, Field Strength Units: dBu to/from mV/m
Power Units: kW to/from dBk, Power: Relative Field
Transmission Line Efficiency (FM broadcast band only)
Electrical Degrees To/from Meters

Online mapping! http://wireless2.fcc.gov/ULSGis/ULSearchGis.jsp
Area maps FCC: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/info/maps/areas/

Childrens television:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/policy/kidstv.html
online filing: http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/kidvid/prod/elecfile.htm

Contacts at FCC:
Download phonebook! and Search : www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/
Main Email (not all) www.fcc.gov/contacts.html

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is the public file?
The most complete answer is available at the FCC website in a document titled “the Public and Broadcasting”, here is the link to the document.The FCC states” Our rules require all TV and radio stations and applicants for new stations to maintain a file available for public inspection containing documents relevant to the station’s operation. The public inspection file generally must be maintained at the station’s main studio (and on the stations website).”

What is the on-line version all about?
As of 2007-8 the FCC mandated stations to post the public file on there websites.

Is there any difference Between the on-line version and the physical file?
Yes. Not all letters addressed to the station are required to be posted. The political file is not required to be posted. Also many notes and items that are not required to legally be in the public file may exist in the physical file for clarity.

What format are the documents?
Adobe Acrobat .PDF files. The reader can be downloaded for free but most likely your computer already has the reader.
Some of the files are rather large in file size, a broadband internet connection is recommended.

Is the public file the only requirement a station has?
No. There is a long list of requirements. The best introduction to this is the document “The Public and Broadcasting”

Is the public file material dated?
Yes. Certian documents are required to be kept for a certian time. Also the file is updated quarterly and as often as needed to keep the file current.

Contact the Station

KVMD

Main phone : 760-366-9881 (fax number available on request)

Mail: & Shipping:
KVMD, 6448 Hallee Rd. Suite #3, Joshua Tree, California

Email form click here

 
 
Pages
00. About the Public File
01. License
02. Applications +
03. Citizen Agreements
04. Contour Maps
05. FCC Investigation
06. Ownership Reports
07. List of Contracts
08. Political File
09. Employment Reports
10. Public and Broadcasting
11. Letters
12. Issues / Programs List
13. Childrens Programming
14. Childrens Commercials
15. Brokerage Agreements
16. List of Donors
17. Public Notice
18. Must-Carry
19. Engineering and Other
20. DTV Consumer Education
21. EEO Regulations for Broadcasters

Information & News
Information
Website Revisions
FCC Rules Childrens
FCC Web Links
FAQ
Contact the Station