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FCC cites many Class A stations that ignored federal regulations

Many Texas residents understand that it is extremely important to comply with any government regulations. If an organization or company does not follow the laws, it is subject to fines and a loss of operational privileges. In recent news, notifications from the Federal Communications Commission have gone out to licensees, requiring two Class A stations to pay a fine and others to defend why they should not be moved to LPTV status. Class A status is superior to LPTV status.

According to sources, one station, L4 Media Group, has 13 stations that have been cited. One regulation violation involved keeping stations off air on frequent occasions to preserve its financial resources. Furthermore, instead of its own local studios, it has been using libraries and non-profits as venues for public files. In addition, it lacks documented information on its children's programming.

KPAL Television, Inc. is another company that has failed to comply with most of the ongoing Class A eligibility requirements. Specifically, the station lacked a central studio and left the air for lengthy periods of time.

Nevertheless, Omni Broadcasting Company was one licensee that responded without delay to the FCC's initial investigation of its stations. For this reason, its two stations were only given fines.

According to the FCC, a station will receive only a fine if it is cooperative and in compliance with orders. However, if multiple violations have piled up, the station risks losing its Class A status. Therefore, this is a lesson that it is always important to comply with federal regulations.

Source: Radio & Television Report, "FCC continues to pursue Class A warfare," Dave Seyler, Mar. 12, 2012

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