What’s the News?
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed updates to its broadcast Contest Rule.
The FCC’s Action
The FCC’s current broadcast Contest Rule requires broadcasters to disclose important contest information fully and accurately, over the air, at the time the audience is told how to enter or participate in the contest. A broadcaster’s obligation to disclose contest terms is continuing, and the broadcaster must periodically announce the contest terms on the station conducting the contest. The FCC has fined numerous broadcasters over the last few years for failure to read material contest terms on the air.