At its meeting yesterday, the FCC adopted a notice suggesting the abolition of the EEO Mid-Term Report, FCC Form 397. That form is filed at the mid-point of the renewal term of TV stations with five or more fulltime employees and radio clusters with 11 or more fulltime employees. As the content of the report is principally made up of the broadcaster’s last two EEO Public Inspection File Reports, and those reports are available in a broadcasters online public inspection file, the FCC concluded that there is no real reason that these reports need to be separately submitted, and thus proposed its elimination.
One of the first proposals in FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s initiative for the modernization of media regulation was to repeal a rule that many did not even know was a rule — one requiring that broadcasters who have secondary licenses maintain a paper copy of the FCC rules. Not even waiting for the commission meeting tomorrow at which this proposal was to be considered, the FCC issued its Report and Order yesterday, repealing the rule.