Goto Section: 76.57 | 76.60 | Table of Contents
Revised as of October 20, 2020
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 76.59 Modification of television markets.
(a) The Commission, following a written request from a broadcast
station, cable system, satellite carrier or county government (only
with respect to satellite modifications), may deem that the television
market, as defined either by § 76.55(e) or § 76.66(e), of a particular
commercial television broadcast station should include additional
communities within its television market or exclude communities from
such station's television market. In this respect, communities may be
considered part of more than one television market.
(b) Such requests for modification of a television market shall be
submitted in accordance with § 76.7, petitions for special relief, and
shall include the following evidence:
(1) A map or maps illustrating the relevant community locations and
geographic features, station transmitter sites, cable system headend or
satellite carrier local receive facility locations, terrain features
that would affect station reception, mileage between the community and
the television station transmitter site, transportation routes and any
other evidence contributing to the scope of the market.
(2) Noise-limited service contour maps (for full-power digital
stations) or protected contour maps (for Class A and low power
television stations) delineating the station's technical service area
and showing the location of the cable system headends or satellite
carrier local receive facilities and communities in relation to the
Note to paragraph (b)(2): Service area maps using Longley-Rice (version
1.2.2) propagation curves may also be included to support a technical
(3) Available data on shopping and labor patterns in the local market.
(4) Television station programming information derived from station
logs or the local edition of the television guide.
(5) Cable system or satellite carrier channel line-up cards or other
exhibits establishing historic carriage, such as television guide
(6) Published audience data for the relevant station showing its
average all day audience (i.e., the reported audience averaged over
Sunday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 a.m., or an equivalent time period) for both
multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) and non-MVPD
households or other specific audience indicia, such as station
advertising and sales data or viewer contribution records.
(7) If applicable, a statement that the station is licensed to a
community within the same state as the relevant community.
(c) Petitions for Special Relief to modify television markets that do
not include such evidence shall be dismissed without prejudice and may
be refiled at a later date with the appropriate filing fee.
(d) A cable operator or satellite carrier shall not delete from
carriage the signal of a commercial television station during the
pendency of any proceeding pursuant to this section.
(e) A market determination under this section shall not create
additional carriage obligations for a satellite carrier if it is not
technically and economically feasible for such carrier to accomplish
such carriage by means of its satellites in operation at the time of
(f) No modification of a commercial television broadcast station's
local market pursuant to this section shall have any effect on the
eligibility of households in the community affected by such
modification to receive distant signals from a satellite carrier
pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 339.
[ 58 FR 17361 , Apr. 2, 1993, as amended at 64 FR 33796 , June 24, 1999;
67 FR 53892 , Aug. 22, 2002; 80 FR 59663 , Oct. 2, 2015]
Goto Section: 76.57 | 76.60
Goto Year: 2020 |
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