Station Fined for Filing Quarterly Issues Late and Not Disclosing on Renewal Application

The FCC’s Media Bureau has proposed a $6,000 fine on a television station for failing to file its issues/programs list in a timely fashion and not reporting this fact in its renewal application. It appears the station was a year late in filing one list and months late with several other quarterly lists. Fortunately for the station involved, the FCC did not designate a hearing for the license renewal.

This case is another reminder that you must keep your issues/programs filings up to date. The FCC can check your online file at any time. Moreover, the Commission can determine when a station is late in filing materials into its online public file. As a result, a station must be accurate and truthful when answering this question on its renewal application.

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