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Waiver Request for Oklahoma Tornado Relief, (06/11/13)

June 11, 2013

To:           All Public Television Stations

From:      Lonna Thompson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, APTS
                 Ashley Morse,
Legal Intern, APTS

Subject:  Waiver Request for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

As you know, we filed a request with the FCC to grant a blanket waiver to allow stations to suspend regularly scheduled programming to fundraise for the Oklahoma tornado victims.  The FCC felt it could not grant a blanket waiver of that magnitude.  They have instead confirmed that stations may do short form fundraising in the breaks between programs with the following stipulations:

·         On-air fundraising appeals will be limited to short-form programming broadcast in the breaks between regularly scheduled programming, and therefore will not disrupt regularly scheduled programming.

·         On-air fundraising appeals will air between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

·         Donations raised by each station will be directed to the American Red Cross or a comparable non-profit organization experienced in providing disaster relief.

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