How PMCM TV, FCC End Dispute

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FCCThe FCC had concerns when PMCM TV applied for license renewal in 2015.


Now, both sides have reached détente on issues that were holding up renewal.

PMCM TV is the licensee of WJLP(TV), Middletown Township, New Jersey.

When station executives submitted their application for license renewal in 2015, the station brought to the commission’s attention in its Children’s Television Programming Reports it didn’t air any core (children and educational) programming for three quarters in 2009. TV stations must air at least 3 hours of such programming a week.

PMCM said after it acquired the station at the end of 2008 it was hard to find any programming and could not get any children’s programs.

The station lost its program supplier and experienced problems getting satellite feeds over mountainous terrain to the small and isolated area. It was also battling the fact that many affiliation deals with the major networks were done by the time of the transaction.

WJLP finally resumed airing kids programming at the end of 2009 and is now airing 10 hours of such programming per week.

The licensee also admitted filing the Children’s Television Programming Reports late (as in January 2015) to the FCC’s online station public file. PMCM also admitted it missed posting quarterly commercial-load limit certifications for 2009 and did that too, in 2015.

But because of the initial lapses, the Media Bureau initially determined it could not renew the license.

In the consent decree, the commission says it found no patterns of abuse and PMCM is otherwise a licensee in good standing; it will pay $15,000 within 30 days to settle the matter and implement a compliance plan for two years.

In exchange, the FCC drops the investigation and will grant the license renewal for the full term, until June 1, 2023.

 


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