FCC Proposes Fine Against J105/Boise For Contest Trouble
March 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM (PT)
The FCC has slapped JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP Rock KJOT (J105)/BOISE with a proposed $4,000 fine for contesting violations.
The complainant alleged that KJOT aired a "J105 TREASURE VALLEY PROPERTIES Ultimate Garage" contest without disclosing that it planned to give all the prizes to one contestant and that the contestant who won was a prior customer of a station sponsor. The station's response showed two of 10 pre-recorded promos mentioned the single-winner aspect, and said that the winner did not have a relationship with the sponsor.
The Commission said that the official rules were ambiguous as to the number of winners to be chosen, but added that there was "insufficient evidence to conclude that the Station pre-determined the winner of the Contest" and that "the weight of the evidence -- particularly the winner’s declaration -- support our conclusion that the Station awarded the prizes to a random winner, not to someone with a prior relationship to a Station sponsor."