Since 1976, the FCC has required broadcast stations that advertised its contests and sweepstakes to the general public to disclose the material terms on air. These on-air disclosures typically have taken the form of very rapidly recited terms at the end of the broadcast announcing the contest or extremely small print found at the bottom of the television screen.  In an attempt to give broadcasters more flexibility in meeting their disclosure obligations and adapt to changing consumer expectations in the Internet Age, the FCC has updated the Contest Rule to allow broadcast stations to disclose material contest and sweepstakes terms on a readily accessible public website.

See article for new requirements.