What If a Competitor Pilfers Your Public File?

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Stack of FilesIf Michigan-based J&J Broadcasting can get fined for missing documents in the public file that the owner says were stolen by a competitor, what about other radio owners?


In this case, some documents were missing for less than three months. But that, plus not telling the commission of an ownership change in his tower resulted in a $10,500 fine.

We asked experts how often a competitor walks in and asks to see a station’s public file and what preventive steps owners can take to ensure they’re not in this kind of situation.

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