The FCC chose the Friday going into Martin Luther King Day weekend to release the latest media ownership diversity numbers and the tale of the tape for broadcast TV — as well as radio — still reads majority White and male on both the commercial and noncommercial sides, though there is slight progress.
The FCC will hold an information session on Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. ET to familiarize broadcasters with the new Biennial Ownership Report forms. This information session can be viewed live online and will also be archived for viewing after the session.
The FCC announced on Friday afternoon that it would push back the Dec. 1 deadline for commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations to file their biennial ownership reports. Rather than opening the filing window on Sept. 1 and closing it on Dec. 1, the FCC will open the window on Dec. 1 and close it on March 2, 2018. The commission stressed that it is only changing the filing due date, not the period of time covered by the report.