Recently, the FCC Media Bureau addressed violations of its public inspection file and children's television rules in connection with the agency's review of television stations' license renewal applications. Since the start of the new year, the bureau has issued several Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for violations of the FCC rule requiring each broadcast station to create quarterly issues/programs lists and place those lists in the station's public file. Proposed forfeitures ranged from $1,000 to $10,000.
The bureau also admonished several stations for failing to make information concerning children's programming available to program guide publishers, as required under the FCC's rules. When issuing these admonishments, the bureau agency expressly reserved the right to levy more severe sanctions in the future for similar violations. In light of the foregoing, stations must ensure compliance with the commission's public file and children's television rules.