FCC seeks comment on changes in contest rule disclosures.

contest-rulesThe Commission has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking for comment on changes in the regulations concerning the disclosure of contest rules by radio and television stations. The proposal—approved 5-0 last week—permits stations to post contest rules on their website and refer listeners to that posting in on-air announcements, as opposed to airing the rules themselves. The Commission went on to say that if the station has no website of its own, rules can be posted “at any readily publicly-accessible Internet website.”

The modified regulation would also require the broadcast of the “complete, direct website address” of the contest rules every time the station mentions or advertises a contest, and make special mention if and when rules are changed. If a station so chose, it could continue to disclose the rules on the air rather than posting them on the website. Comments will be due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, with replies due 90 days after publication.