Your License Transfer Questions Answered

What happens in the transfer of a signal? What happens when the new broadcasting entity asks for the documents in the Public File? What documents is a new entity entitled to?

There are many variances depending on the legal classifications. For example, if your signal is now going into what the FCC calls an “assignment,” in which the station is sold to another unrelated organization, the new licensee’s responsibility is different than other classifications.

If there is some other structure, in which the existing licensee continues to own the station but with a new ownership, then the new owners have divergent responsibility because the legal entity holding the license is the same.

If one non-profit sold a subsidiary listed as licensee to another non-profit, or if there was a merger of organizations, there are more specifications involved.

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