FCC Proposes $22,000 Fine Against CC/Los Angeles For Contest Violations
January 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM (PT)
The FCC has proposed a $22,000 fine against six stations in CLEAR CHANNEL's LOS ANGELES cluster for contest rules violations.
The fine against AC KOST, Urban Oldies KHHT (HOT 92.3), Top 40 KIIS-F, Alternative KYSR, Hot AC KBIG (MY104.3), and Talk KFI-A was based on a complaint that the stations' contest giving away a CHEVROLET for the best listener-generated video commercial was rigged because the winner was a friend or family member of a CLEAR CHANNEL employee and the winning video was submitted after the deadline.
CLEAR CHANNEL said that no videos were submitted late and that the winner being a friend of an employee was not a violation of the rules, and that the contest was conducted entirely online. The Commission responded that the contest was advertised on the air and therefore subject to FCC rules, and that consequently the stations did not adequately broadcast all material terms; in addition, the FCC said that the rules provided conflicting due dates (MARCH 10th and 21st, 2008). But the Commission said it found no contest rigging violations, noting that the winner was selected by audience and website viewer vote.
Fine Proposed Against Alleged Miami FM Pirate
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