FCC Proposes EEO Fines Against Three Clusters
June 30, 2009 at 10:37 AM (PT)
The FCC is proposing fines against COX RADIO, CUMULUS MEDIA PARTNERS and ENTRAVISION for EEO violations.
COX' MIAMI cluster was assessed a $9,000 proposed fine and reporting conditions for failure to properly recruit for every full-time vacancy over a two-year period, filling 25 full-time vacancies at its Stations but failing to properly recruit for one full-time vacancy because it relied solely on industry and employee referrals, and failing to properly recruit widely for seven vacancies because it relied solely on Internet web sites and internal postings, industry or employee referrals, or walk-ins to fill those vacancies.
CUMULUS MEDIA PARTNERS' KANSAS CITY cluster got hit with a proposed $3,000 fine and reporting conditions for failing to notify two organizations that requested vacancy notification of 14 vacancies during a five month period in 2006, one organization being notified only once and the other not at all; the licensee also admitted not keeping full documentation of its data.
ENTRAVISION's RIO GRANDE VALLEY cluster (BROWNSVILLE-HARLINGEN-MC ALLEN-WESLACO) was assessed a $12,000 proposed fine and reporting conditions for failing to properly recruit for two of its 12 full-time vacancies in a one-year period because it relied solely on an employee referral for one vacancy and a rehire, absent sufficient recruitment, of a former employee for another vacancy; it also allegedly failed to properly recruit widely for two other full-time vacancies because it relied solely on referrals and its company website to fill those vacancies, and failed to place its EEO public file report on the stations’ websites.