Membership Newsletter April 25, 2019
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REPACKING REIMBURSEMENT RULES EFFECTIVE 4/25
On March 15, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt rules that go into effect April 25 for the reimbursement of FM, low-power TV (LPTV) and TV translator stations affected by the spectrum repack. The order implements RAY BAUM’S Act, which provided an additional $1 billion in funding for the repack and made FM and LPTV and translator stations eligible for funding. 
LPTV and translator stations are eligible for expenses associated with moving to new channels if they were displaced by the auction while FM stations are eligible for reimbursement for the construction of auxiliary facilities, permanent relocation or temporary modification of their facilities because they must cease operations or significantly reduce power to permit repacking work to proceed.
If you would like more information or to find out if your station is eligible for reimbursement, please email Patrick McFadden in NAB’s Legal department at   pmcfadden@nab.org  
C-BAND EARTH STATION CERTIFICATIONS DUE MAY 25
The 3.7-4.2 GHz band, commonly called the C-Band, is presently used for transmitting signals between satellites and satellite earth stations in the fixed-satellite service (“FSS”). In support of the FCC’s ongoing study about whether to repurpose for other services some or all of the spectrum in this band, the agency is collecting data about current usage of these frequencies. The Commission ordered satellite and earth station owners to provide certifications about their operations in an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 18-91) in Docket 18-122, released in July of last year. However, this information collection requirement was not approved by the Office of Management and Budget until January and only became effective on January 28. The Commission’s International Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology have now jointly issued a Public Notice (DA 19-278), setting May 28 as the deadline for updating and certifying the accuracy of the earth station data on file in the Commission’s records.
 
Operators of FSS earth stations in the C-Band that are licensed or registered in the FCC’s International Bureau Filing System (“IBFS”), including temporary-fixed or transportable earth stations (such as a station on a satellite news-gathering truck) must certify the accuracy of all information reflected in their licenses or registrations in IBFS. The certification must include the applicant’s or registrant’s name, the call sign(s), file number(s), along with the following signed statement:
 
“The undersigned, individually and for the applicant,
licensee or registrant, hereby certifies that all information
reflected in his or her licenses or registrations in IBFS,
including any attached exhibits, are true, complete and
correct to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, and
have been made in good faith.”
 
The Commission conducted a filing window from April 19, 2018, to October 31, 2018, for the owners of earth stations to request new or modified licenses or registrations. Except for the need to update their filings in cases where changes have occurred since the earlier submission, earth station owners who filed during that filing window are exempt from this current certification mandate.
 
Operators of temporary-fixed or transportable FSS C-Band earth stations that are licensed or authorized in IBFS must also provide the following additional information,
regardless of when they were licensed or registered:
 
• Earth station call sign (or IBFS file number if registration
is pending);
• Address where the equipment is typically stored;
• The area within which the equipment is typically used;
• Frequency (as in “how often” rather than spectrum) and
duration of use;
• Number of transponders typically used in the 3.7-4.2 GHz
band, and extent of use on both uplink and downlink; and
• Licensee/registrant and contact information.
 
All required information is to be submitted electronically online in IBFS, at  https://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs using the “Pleadings and Comments” link. Fixed, temporary fixed, and transportable earth station owners must file certifications as
a pleading type “C-Band certification” for each call sign. Temporary fixed and transportable earth station owners must file the additional data requested above using the pleading type “Other” for each call sign.
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
Chris Winkle
KBA President & CEO

Congratulations
This week, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced the winners of the  2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards   honoring outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism, technical expertise and adherence to RTDNA’s Code of Ethics. A record 4,600 entries were submitted for this year’s competition. From this group, more than 720 regional winners were selected for breaking news, continuing coverage, investigative reporting, Overall Excellence and more.

“Public trust in journalism is threatened by a lack of understanding about the reporting process,” said RTDNA Chairman Jerry Walsh. “The Edward R. Murrow Awards are an opportunity for our industry to showcase what well trained, ethical local journalists are doing to better our communities on behalf of the public. We invite viewers and readers to learn more about the reporting process behind each of these stories, and to know this same process is happening every single day in preparation for every single newscast.”
This year’s winners were judged in 14 regions and represent 309 local radio and TV newsrooms. These winners will move on to the national round of judging, which also includes digital and network news organizations as well as student awards. The national awards will be presented at RTDNA’s  Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala  at Gotham Hall in New York on Oct. 14, 2019.
Winners focused on keeping communities informed about life-threatening weather events, deep dives into fundamental causes of news events, and innovative efforts to inform the public about needs in local communities, empowering news consumers to be agents of change. The winners also included outlets committed to digital dialogue with audiences and watchdog journalism that led to significant institutional changes even when stations were under attack for exposing wrongdoing.
 
“The journalists behind this year’s awards have a deep connection to the communities where they live,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA’s Executive Director. “Their reporting demonstrated a level of care for and awareness of their communities that isn’t always popular to highlight when we talk about journalism. The stories they told go deeper than the surface of problems and celebrations, and gave viewers insight into topics and places they may not encounter in their daily lives. The Edward R. Murrow Awards demonstrate how journalists help us break out of our echo chambers, and contribute to productive public dialogue that brings communities together for positive change.”
 
Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the  Edward R. Murrow Awards . Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association would like to congratulate the following winners from the Commonwealth:

SMALL MARKET RADIO
Overall Excellence:

WFPL-FM 
Louisville, KY

Excellence in Writing:

WFPL-FM
Louisville, KY

Investigative Reporting:

“Fatal Flaws: How Kentucky is Failing its Workers"
WFPL-FM
Louisville, KY

SMALL MARKET TELEVISION

Breaking News Coverage:

“Marshall County High School Shooting Day 1”
WPSD-TV
Paducah, KY
 
Excellence in Sound:
 
“What’s That Noise?”
WKYT-TV
Lexington, KY

LARGE MARKET TELEVISION

Overall Excellence:

WAVE-TV
Louisville, KY

Excellence in Video:

“Kentucky Horse Breeding”
WLKY-TV
Louisville, KY

Newscast:

“11pm News: Deadly Hate Crime”
WLKY-TV
Louisville, KY
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