FCC Rejects Challeges To Fines Against Four Stations
June 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM (PT)
LINFIELD COLLEGE has been fined $8,000 by the FCC for public file violations at noncommercial KSLC/MCMINNVILLE, OR, reduced from $10,000 for a history of compliance with the rules. The issue on appeal was not the violation but whether the fine was barred by the statute of limitations, with the college asserting that because the renewal was issued on OCTOBER 7, 2009 with a license date of AUGUST 19, 2008, the earlier date, which appears on the license, constitutes the commencement of a new license term before the Commission issued its notice of the violation, and thus the Commission could not consider violations older than a year before that date (which the violations were). The Commission ruled that the new term commenced with the issuance of the new license, and that the station was lawfully operating with an expired license, making the applicable term at the time of the notice the previous term (and not triggering the statute of limitations).
In other FCC actions, the Commission denied a petition by FAITH TRINITY ASSEMBLIES for reconsideration of a $1,500 fine for a late license renewal application at WZYZ/SPENCER, TN. The petitioner contended that its failure to timely file was due to unfamiliarity with the Commission's electronic filing system and the fact that it is a nonprofit.
And FRANK NEELY's petitions for reconsideration of a $9,000 fine against his WGIV-A/GASTONIA, NC for public file violations (he contended that the public file requirements serve no useful purpose) and a $3,000 fine for filing his post-auction Form 301 late for a new FM in DUE WEST, SC were denied.