Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is going to propose some changes to the agency’s political programming rules, she signaled in a blog post Wednesday (July 14). She did not say what the changes will be, but she will need Republican buy-in. She likely has it because she has scheduled a vote on the item for the August meeting and would be unlikely to schedule a vote in a 2-2 commission on something that could not pass.
While most broadcast stations don’t think about the FCC’s political broadcasting rules in odd numbered years, they should — particularly in connection with state and local political offices. Whether the race is for governor or much more locally focused, like elections for state legislatures, school boards or town councils, stations need to be prepared.