FRN Requirement Upheld


Noncommercial radio and television stations will need to continue to provide a unique FCC Registration Number (FRN) generated by the Commission Registration System (CORES) for each attributable interest holder when filing FCC Form 323-E, the Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations.

That’s because a petition for reconsideration filed by The American Public Media Group (APMG), the NCE Licensees, the Public Broadcasting Parties, and the State University of New York (SUNY) was rejected.

Why? That’s exactly what Republican FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly would like to know, as they blasted the Media Bureau for releasing the news to the press before the Commissioners were even notified of the decision.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.