FCC Facts and Nexstar Policy – Quarterly Issues and Programs List
Broadcasters are accountable to the public, and more specifically, to each station’s community of license. To serve their communities, stations are required to:
- 1. broadcast community responsive programs and
- 2. regularly disclose the information associated with those broadcasts.
Stations are required to report the station’s community responsive programming in a “quarterly report” to be placed in the station’s online public inspection file.
The disclosure must include the following information:
1) Quarter and period covered:
a. 1Q – January 1 – March 31
b. 2Q – April 1 – June 30
c. 3Q – July 1 – September 30
d. 4Q – October 1 – December 31
2) Program Description including date, time, type of issue, duration and title of program.
3) Program Narrative including what issues were given significant treatment and the programming that provided this treatment.
These Quarterly Issues and Programs lists must be retained in the station’s public inspection file until final action has been taken on the station’s next license renewal application.
PRODUCERS PLEASE SEND 5 STORIES A WEEK
Regularly reported local news is not considered by the FCC to be to be “community responsive programming” and should not be reported in this report. All segments reported should be “in-depth” reporting and should be at least 1-minute long.
DO NOT ATTACH LOGS, TRAFFIC SCHEDULES, SCRIPTS, NETWORK DOCUMENTS OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS TO THE REPORT!
The issues/programs lists should be succinct and to the point.
- The public should not have to wade through 60 pages of network provided documentation to find what is relevant to a community issue you are considering as covered by your quarterly report.
- Do not simply attach the information your network sends to you on what was covered in their programming.
- Identify what of that information addressed the specific issue in your community that is being addressed and then for that specific programming summarize it into the Nexstar QIP Template. For example, if a Face the Nation program included a discussion battleground states to the 2012 election and you were not in one of those battleground states, unless you can identify how that issue was important to YOUR community, it should not be included in YOUR report. Or, how does an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger about the release of his biography address an issue in YOUR community.
- Do not list individual talent engagements/appearances – they are not relevant.
- Do not list station tours – they are not relevant.