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Montana Station Faces $10K FCC Fine

The Federal Communications Commission proposed fining KXLF TV Butte, Mont., $10,000 for failing to keep the proper public records.

In applying for a renewal of its license, the station volunteered to the FCC that it had not placed its TV issues/programs list in its public files for a five-year period (1998-2003). The station said it had since re-created the lists and filed them.

Broadcasters are required to make public a list of the programs on issues of public importance they have aired, per their requirement to broadcast in the public interest. As part of its license-renewal process, the FCC has fined or admonished -- an official black mark -- numerous stations for failing to maintain records on issues and children's-TV-rule compliance.

Stations will have to file even more documents to demonstrate their public service if the FCC approves proposed new rules on public-interest-reporting requirements. Public files will all have to be available online, as well.

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.