Rama Fined For Public File Fail



The Florida broadcaster was penalized for “willfully and repeatedly violating” FCC rules allowing access to a station’s public inspection file, which hadn’t been properly maintained.

RBR + TVBR Observation (in full, for subscribers, below story): As the FCC explains on its website, “Relying on the advantages of current technology, the Commission has changed its rules to require almost all of this public file information for broadcast stations … to be posted online at this site. As a result, members of the public will be able to find information … more easily and at any time convenient to them.” Note the word almost — as we ask why the FCC continues to require certain items be only at the actual station. Are the fines a great money maker?

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.