The Federal Communications Commission proposed fining WLEX-TV Lexington, Ky., $10,000 for not keeping up with its paperwork.
In applying for a license renewal, the station conceded that it had not put copies of its program/issues list in its public file for an almost four-year stretch between 2001 and 2004. Stations are required to file a list of the programs on issues of public importance they have aired.
The station told the FCC it reconstructed the lists, filed them and took steps to make sure it doesn't happen again. But taking into account the number of missing files and the length of the violation, the agency concluded that it was willful and repeated and levied the fine.
The commission has been cracking down on public filing violations and will have a lot more to keep track of in the wake of recent FCC decisions to boost stations’ reporting requirements.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.