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Noncommercial Stations to Place ‘Public Files’ on FCC’s Website

The FCC will be collecting the information from commercial and noncommercial broadcasters for three years
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The Federal Communications Commission is directing licensed, non-commercial educational television broadcasters to place the contents of their public inspection files on the FCC’s website.

In addition, a station must also link the home page of its website, if it has a website, to the public inspection file hosted on the FCC’s website says the Federal Register notice—Standardized and Enhanced Disclosure Requirements for Television Broadcast Licensee Public Interest Obligations; Extension of the Filing Requirement for Children’s Television Programming Report—that was posted on July 3, 2012.

The FCC’s information requirements for commercial and noncommercial broadcasters are related to “enhanced disclosure” rules issued by the commission on May 11, 2012. In addition, on June 21, 2012 the White House Office of Management and Budget approved collecting the information from commercial and noncommercial broadcasters for three years, the FCC says. Those broadcasters are required to supply that information through June 30, 2015.

Among the documents the FCC will automatically link to—provided the commission has those items electronically—include contour maps; ownership reports and related materials; and portions of the Equal Employment Opportunity file held by the commission, the notice says.

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