Clemons wants to go on legally
Mon Apr 21 02:01:38 EDT 2014
The FCC DOES enforce it... but let's define it first......
The FCC doesn't have any rules about HOW MUCH 'public service/interest'
programming a station does. The rules just say the station must document what
they do, and place documentation of such programming in the station's
Therefore, a station which only does 10 minutes (example) of public affairs
programming a week, and documents it, is fully compliant with the rules.
A station that does 10 hours (example) a week of public affairs
programming per week and doesn't document it, that station is not compliant to the
The station that does only 10 minutes a week, as I mentioned, is fully
compliant. However, come license-renewal time, if anyone files a "Petition To
Deny" for non-renewal of the license based on little public service, they
might have a good case, because then the 10-minute station would have to
submit to the FCC what they do, in defense of that Petition. And 10 minutes a
week looks quite weak.
In a message dated 4/20/2014 12:42:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
But why is nobody discussing the bigger issue--
the fact that the FCC has not enforced the "public interest" rule for
years? I have long despaired about why giant conglomerates are allowed
to simulcast and voice-track in city after city, and provide just about
NO live and local content to their individual communities.
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