FCC Fines for Underwriting Violations

The FCC may fine noncommercial stations that violate the rules concerning underwriting acknowledgements.

The FCC is made aware of possible violations through complaints. Complaints may be filed by anyone who claims to listen to the station including other commercial or noncommercial stations in the market, concerned listeners, disgruntled volunteers or staff, or competitors of station sponsors.

What kinds of arguments in defense of a licensee’s conduct will the FCC reject? What is the range of a fine? Will a fine be decreased if the violation was inadvertent? If your station is wondering how to avoid these fines and details about violations, visit NFCB’s Solution Center. Join today if your station is not an NFCB member.

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