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FCC Renews Licenses of WBTV, KCWE

The FCC has proposed fining KCWE-TV Kansas City $8,000 for not having the requisite TV program and issues listings in its public inspection files, but has renewed its license anyway, saying the infraction was not part of a pattern and concluding that the station served the public interest.

Earlier in the week, the commission renewed the license of WBTV(TV) Charlotte, N.C., while admonishing it (an official warning) for failing to include the requisite children's TV reports--"efforts it has made during the quarter to serve the educational needs of children"--in its inspection files.

The FCC has been cracking down on public inspection file lapses as it works through station license renewal applications.

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.