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Saturday, March 17, 2007

2007 Broadcast Station Local Public File Checklists

The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau and its Regional and Field Offices has shown no let-up in enforcing the Commission's local public file rules. In an effort to assist stations in compliance with the local public file rule, we have created one page local public file checklists for commercial broadcast radio and TV stations for each of the 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia. These one page local public file checklists may be accessed by clicking on this link: 2007 One Page Broadcast Station Local Public File Checklists.

Once each quarter, on January 10th, April 10th, July 10th and October 10th, stations are required to place into their public file a listing of the most significant issues in their community and a listing of the programs that were broadcast addressing these issues. In addition, at various times, often based upon the state in which a station is licensed, broadcast stations are required to place in the local public file EEO material, copies of ownership reports, copies of authorizations, materials required by the political broadcasting and children's television rules, and a variety of other materials. Conversely, there are many materials that are only needed to be kept in the local public file for a set amount of time after which those materials should be removed.

In order to keep your station's local public file up to date, it is recommended that one of your staff be assigned to periodically go through the station's public file using the 2007 One Page Broadcast Station Local Public File Checklists.

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