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FCC Fines TV Station $18,000 for Late Public File Uploads

Once again, we remind you that the FCC is closely monitoring your station’s public file. You must upload materials in a timely manner. In assessing the fine, the FCC noted:

“The Licensee uploaded ten issues/programs lists more than one year late; three issues/programs lists between one month and one year late; and one issues/programs list more than one month late. The Licensee also filed three quarterly Children’s Television Programming Reports over one year late.”

The licensee noted that the errors occurred when the station was relinquishing control of the day-to-day operations to another station as part of a channel-sharing agreement as a result of the incentive auction. The FCC rejected this argument and ordered that the television station be fined $18,000. As the licensee, the station was responsible.

You can see the FCC’s decision on imposing an $18,000 fine here.



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