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Goto Year:2020 |
§ 73.1207 Rebroadcasts.
(a) The term rebroadcast means reception by radio of the programs or
other transmissions of a broadcast or any other type of radio station,
and the simultaneous or subsequent retransmission of such programs or
transmissions by a broadcast station.
(1) As used in this section, “program” includes any complete programs
or part thereof.
(2) The transmission of a program from its point of origin to a
broadcast station entirely by common carrier facilities, whether by
wire line or radio, is not considered a rebroadcast.
(3) The broadcasting of a program relayed by a remote pickup broadcast
station is not considered a rebroadcast.
(b) No broadcast station may retransmit the program, or any part
thereof, of another U.S. broadcast station without the express
authority of the originating station. A copy of the written consent of
the licensee originating the program must be kept by the licensee of
the station retransmitting such program and made available to the FCC
(1) Stations originating emergency communications under a State EAS
plan are considered to have conferred rebroadcast authority to other
(2) Permission must be obtained from the originating station to
rebroadcast any subsidiary communications transmitted by means of a
multiplex subcarrier or telecommunications service on the vertical
blanking interval or in the visual signal of a television signal.
(3) Programs originated by the Voice of America (VOA) and the Armed
Forces Radio and Television Services (AFRTS) cannot, in general, be
cleared for domestic rebroadcast, and may therefore be retransmitted
only by special arrangements among the parties concerned.
(4) Except as otherwise provided by international agreement, programs
originated by foreign broadcast stations may be retransmitted without
the consent of the originating station.
(c) The transmissions of non-broadcast stations may be rebroadcast
under the following conditions:
(1) Messages originated by privately-owned non-broadcast stations other
than those in the Amateur and CB Radio Services may be broadcast only
upon receipt of prior permission from the non-broadcast licensee.
Additionally, messages transmitted by common carrier stations may be
rebroadcast only upon prior permission of the originator of the message
as well as the station licensee.
(2) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, messages
originated entirely by non-broadcast stations owned and operated by the
Federal Government may be rebroadcast only upon receipt of prior
permission from the government agency originating the messages.
(3) Messages originated by stations in the Amateur and CB Radio
Services may be rebroadcast at the discretion of broadcast station
(4) Emergency communications originated under a State EAS plan.
(d) The rebroadcasting of time signals originated by the Naval
Observatory and the National Bureau of Standards and messages from the
National Weather Service stations is permitted without specific
authorization under the following procedures:
(1) Naval Observatory Time Signals. (i) The time signals rebroadcast
must be obtained by direct radio reception from a naval radio station,
or by land line circuits.
(ii) Announcement of the time signal must be made without reference to
any commercial activity.
(iii) Identification of the Naval Observatory as the source of the time
signal must be made by an announcement, substantially as follows: “With
the signal, the time will be . . . courtesy of the U.S. Naval
(iv) Schedules of time signal broadcasts may be obtained upon request
from the Superintendent, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC 20390.
(2) National Bureau of Standards Time Signals. (i) Time signals for
rebroadcast must be obtained by direct radio reception from a National
Bureau of Standards (NBS) station.
(ii) Use of receiving and rebroadcasting equipment must not delay the
signals by more than 0.05 second.
(iii) Signals must be rebroadcast live, not from tape or other
(iv) Voice or code announcements of the call signs of NBS stations are
not to be rebroadcast.
(v) Identification of the origin of the service and the source of the
signals must be made by an announcement substantially as follows: “At
the tone, 11 hours 25 minutes Coordinated Universal Time. This is a
rebroadcast of a continous service furnished by the National Bureau of
Standards, Ft. Collins, Colo.” No commercial sponsorship of this
announcement is permitted and none may be implied.
(vi) Schedules of time signal broadcasts may be obtained from, and
notice of use of NBS time signals for rebroadcast must be forwarded
National Bureau of Standards, Radio Stations WWV/WWVB, 2000 East County
Road 58, Ft. Collins, Colorado 80524.
(vii) In the rebroadcasting of NBS time signals, announcements will not
state that they are standard frequency transmissions. Voice
announcements of Coordinated Universal Time are given in voice every
minute. Each minute, except the first of the hour, begins with an 0.8
second long tone of 1000 hertz at WWV and 1200 hertz tone at WWVH. The
first minute of every hour begins with an 0.8 second long tone of 1500
hertz at both stations. This tone is followed by a 3-second pause, than
the announcement, “National Bureau of Standards Time.” This is followed
by another 3-second pause before station identification. This
arrangement allows broadcast stations sufficient time to retransmit the
hour time tone and the words “National Bureau of Standards Time” either
by manual or automatic switching.
(viii) Time signals or scales made up from integration of standard
frequency signals broadcast from NBS stations may not be designated as
national standard scales of time or attributed to the NBS as
originator. For example, if a broadcasting station transmits time
signals obtained from a studio clock which is periodically calibrated
against the NBS time signals from WWV or WWVH, such signals may not be
announced as NBS standard time or as having been originated by the NBS.
(3) National Weather Service Messages. (i) Messages of the National
Weather Service must be rebroadcast within 1 hour of receipt.
(ii) If advertisements are given in connection with weather
rebroadcast, these advertisements must not directly or indirectly
convey an endorsement by the U.S. Government of the products or
services so advertised.
(iii) Credit must be given to indicate that the rebroadcast message
originates with the National Weather Service.
[ 44 FR 36040 , June 20, 1979, as amended at 45 FR 26065 , Apr. 17, 1980;
48 FR 28456 , June 22, 1983; 50 FR 25246 , June 18, 1985; 59 FR 67102 ,
Dec. 28, 1994; 61 FR 36305 , July 10, 1996; 82 FR 41103 , Aug. 29, 2017]
Goto Section: 73.1206 | 73.1208
Goto Year: 2020 |
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