CBS fined for kiddie violations


CBS-owned KTXA-TV (Ch. 21, Ind.) Dallas-Ft. Worth has been fined 18K by the FCC for a series of violations of the Commission's rules on children's programming and the associated recordkeeping required. The violations were disclosed by the licensee when it filed its license renewal application.

The former UPN outlet admitted that Children's Television Programming Reports were missing from its public file, as were some of its issues/programming lists and records on compliance with commercial limits for children's programming. The station also told the FCC that it had aired programs that violated the children's TV commercial limits on three occasions, including two programs that amounted to program-length commercials. Those violations were blamed on human error and inadvertence.

According to the FCC, that constitutes "willful and repeated" rule violations, resulting in the 18,000 fine.