Comments On Proposed FCC Public File Rule Changes Due 6/19
June 12, 2006 at 6:09 AM (PT)
The FCC is taking comments on a proposal to eliminate or ease the public file rules for broadcasters, and the comments are due by JUNE 19.
So far, RM-11332, proposed by lawyer DAVID TILLOTSON, has drawn comments from WMRO/GALLATIN, TN's SCOTT BAILEY ("The real world seems not to care about the public file at all or its contents.... the CDBS Database carries enough information about a broadcast station if someone desires to inquire information concerning a broadcast station. If a station needs to have some kind of public file information with the commission, it should be kept on the CDBS database, and not on paper form") and WZVN-TV/NAPLES-FT. MYERS owner MONTCLAIR COMMUNICATIONS ("The virtually non-existent use of (public files) by the public lays bare the fact that the public benefit fails to justify the burden on broadcast licensees").