FCC Proposes $15,000 Fine and Two-Year License Term for Radio Station With Years of Missing Public Inspection File Documents

The Media Bureau recently issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) to the licensee of a Virginia AM radio station for failing to prepare and upload to the station’s online Public Inspection File Quarterly Programs/Issues lists. The Media Bureau further concluded that the station’s pending license renewal application should be granted for only an abbreviated two-year term instead of a full eight-year term.

This case illustrates the new enforcement reality.  The FCC can now go on line and examine your public files.  If you are missing documents, they will find you and assess a penalty.  There are no exceptions. Make sure your on-line public file is up to date.

To see a complete discussion of the case from our friends at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP click HERE.


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