|Originally posted by Guyy
Where can you find out if a station has asked for an extension? Has the FCC said they would give blanket extensions to any stations that asks after May 1st? Or do the stations need a good reason?
All on the fcc web site at http://www.fcc.gov
Hard to navigate there: What I do is click site map and then scroll to search tools.
They require a reason but one kind is "financial hardship" which virtually all stations could claim. Have not heard of any requests being denied. Requests were all supposed to be in before Mar 5 I think.
Another problem is lots of stations have no CP (construction permit) yet. These are exempt from the deadline and don't need any extension request. Some asked for them and these requests were "Dismissed". Took me a while to figure that one out.
Here around Boston we have:
7 stations on air
1 off air that was on,due back in May.
10 with extensions (or allowed to be late like PBS stations)
7 that don't need to do anything since the FCC is sitting on
their construction permit applications.
So come May 5 Deadline the FCC will have succeeded in getting a whopping 32% of our stations on the air.
And we're in a big TV market area here!
And we have some really dedicated stations that ignored the FCC trying to slow things up and went on the air back in 1998 among our 32%! This big slow down isn't very fair to them!