FCC EEO Rules

FCC EEO Compliance is a Critical Component of the Broadcast License Renewal Process.

The FCC’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules apply to commercial and non-commercial broadcasters and multi-channel video programming distributors such as cable and satellite TV operators. Since the rules were implemented in 2003, the FCC has conducted random audits of stations on an annual basis, imposed numerous fines, and provided several important clarifications to the rules.

FCC EEO Rules: A Primer for Ohio Broadcast Stations (Updated for 2022)

The OAB’s FCC counsel of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, updated its guide on EEO rules for 2022,  FCC Equal Employment Opportunity Rules: A Primer for Ohio Broadcast Stations.

A printed copy of the guide has been sent to all member stations.  Stations may request additional print copies of the guide. Download a PDF version of the guide here.

2022 FCC EEO Rules Webinar

The OAB, in coordination with North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, the Maryland, D.C., Delaware Broadcasters Association, and the Iowa Broadcasters Association, presented a webinar on the FCC’s EEO rules. Elizabeth Spainhour and Patrick Cross of the Brooks Pierce law firm led this hour-long webinar.

Topics included:

  • Background and updates on the current EEO regulatory environment (including developments around EEO Form 395-B)
  • The FCC’s general and specific EEO requirements
  • Recordkeeping and reporting
  • Practical considerations related to EEO programs

This webinar is available to be viewed on demand. Presentation slides are available here.

Participation in this session may qualify toward credit for FCC EEO outreach requirements. If you have viewed the webinar and need to request a letter, contact the OAB’s Mariah West