Alleged Indecency and Gambling-Related Broadcasts: On October 30, 2008, the Commission entered into a consent decree with a licensee in connection with an application to renew a station's license. The FCC terminated proceedings against two stations related to allegedly indecent programming, airing of advertisements for Internet gambling websites, alleged broadcasts of discussions of gambling or betting and the holding of an Internet contest. As part of the consent decree, the licensee will make a voluntary contribution of $85,000 to the Treasury. A copy of the consent decree is available here.
- Children's Programming: On November 6, 2008, the Commission issued Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to two stations for the alleged failure to observe limitations on commercial activity during children's programming. The FCC found the stations apparently liable for $8,000.
- Public Inspection File: On October 30, 2008, the Commission issued two Forfeiture Orders, fining stations $3,200 and $7,200 each for violations of the public file rules. Notably, these included fines for failing to include Issues/Programs reports in the station files.
- EAS and Other Violations: On October 28, 2008, the FCC issued Forfeiture Orders to two licensees for violation of the Commission's Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules. These licensees failed to maintain and test operating EAS equipment as required. Notably, the fines were issued in conjunction with other rule violations. The Commission determined that one station failed to sign off at sunset as required, failed to maintain greater than 90% of its authorized power during daytime hours and failed to maintain a complete public file. This station was fined $12,800. The other station violated the main studio rule and failed to maintain a public file and was assessed a $20,000 penalty.
Copies of FCC enforcement actions are located here.