Re: Mary Dixon joins WBEZ after leaving WXRT
Posted by Joe Smoe on January 6, 2020, 11:05 pm, in reply to "Re: Mary Dixon joins WBEZ after leaving WXRT"
>>>If they are not airing news or a half hour or hour of public service community programming are they in compliance with the FCC?<<< |
To answer your question, no, they probably aren't. But since WXRT still does air the early Sunday morning Public Affairs Programming, they *are* in compliance. I should mention that the FCC barely exists today, compared to years ago, so I'm not sure much of anything is still enforced today (EAS is still king with the FCC though. Station's had better have all of their EAS documentation in order). All that really matters is what is listed as Public Affairs Programming in the "Issues - Programs" category, in their Public Inspection File. If WXRT lists their Sunday morning Public Affairs programming (typically airs at, you're right, 5A or 6A Sunday mornings - the same time The Drive airs theirs) as Issues/Programs/Narratives in their Public Inspection File, then they are satisfying (barely) their Public Affairs Programming quota. Basically, as long as *some* News or Public Affairs Programming is listed in the Public Inspection File, then the station is fulfilling their "Public Service" responsibility.
Here's the official FCC description of Issues - Programs for radio (basically the same for TV):
(12) Radio issues/programs lists. For commercial AM and FM broadcast stations, every three months a list of programs that have provided the station's most significant treatment of community issues during the preceding three month period. The list for each calendar quarter is to be filed by the tenth day of the succeeding calendar quarter (e.g., January 10 for the quarter October - December, April 10 for the quarter January - March, etc.). The list shall include a brief narrative describing what issues were given significant treatment and the programming that provided this treatment. The description of the programs shall include, but shall not be limited to, the time, date, duration, and title of each program in which the issue was treated. The lists described in this paragraph shall be retained in the public inspection file until final action has been taken on the station's next license renewal application.