Radio License Renewals – Keep Your Public File Up to Date

As you know, New York radio stations are in the process of being renewed.  Applications have been filed, and the current license term ends June 1, 2022.  We have noted on several occasions that the FCC is closely examining every station’s public file. Noted communications attorney David Oxenford observed recently:

“Almost every week, the FCC announces consent decrees with radio station licensees over public file and political file violations discovered through the license renewal process, and this week was no different.  If your radio station submitted its license renewal application and had documents missing from its public file or uploaded required documents late, consult your station’s advisors about the potential for a consent decree.  Some TV stations have received fines for similar violations.  Both types of radio consent decrees include enhanced administrative, recordkeeping, and reporting obligations.”

To see an example of the FCC’s approach to consent decrees click HERE.


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