Listings of issues-responsive programming broadcast between October 1 and December 31, 2022 must be uploaded to radio station online public inspection files by Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
Commercial and non-commercial AM and FM stations must prepare and place in their public inspection files a list of programs that have provided the most significant treatment of community issues during the previous quarter. The lists should include a brief narrative statement that identifies the issues that were given significant treatment and describes the programs in which the issues were addressed. Each program description must include the date, time, and title of the program, the duration of each issues-responsive segment, and a brief explanation of how the programming addressed the issues.
The maintenance of issues-responsive programming lists is required under the FCC’s public inspection file rules. Fines of $10,000 and more have been assessed when quarterly issues programs lists were not timely prepared and placed in the public file as required.
If you have questions about these ongoing recordkeeping obligations, please contact an attorney in our Media practice group.