Word of God Fellowship, licensee of KQUP Pullman, Wash., has agreed to pay $30,700 to the Treasury to close an investigation into whether it was complying with KidVid reporting rules.
That came in an order that mirrored essentially word-for-word, a settlement with Nexstar released this week over the same issue.
As with Nexstar, the FCC concluded that the broadcaster had not complied with the FCC's reporting requirements for its educational/informational children's programming, but that the payment and agreement by Word of God to implement a compliance plan going forward was sufficient to justify the FCC's renewal of its license.
As with Nexstar, the FCC found there were "no substantial or material questions of fact as to Word of God’s qualifications to remain a Commission licensee." And also as with Nexstar, the FCC said it does not have to investigate further to determine if Word of God "has committed “serious violations” of our rules or violations that constituted a pattern of abuse
The FCC also said that, due to the settlement, it does not have to determine "if Nexstar has committed 'serious violations' of our rules or violations that constituted a pattern of abuse."
The FCC requires stations to file quarterly reports on their efforts "to serve the educational and informational needs of children."
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.
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