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WATCHDOGS FILE FCC COMPLAINTS AGAINST 11 STATIONS

May 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Two political watchdog groups, the Campaign Legal Center and the Sunlight Foundation have filed complaints with the FCC, charging that 11 TV stations failed to file required disclosures about political ads for 2013. In an effort to encourage political transparency, the FCC has required that all stations post information about their political advertising online. But the watchdogs said on Thursday that WDIV (NBC) Detroit; KNXV (ABC) Phoenix; WTVJ (NBC) Miami; WMUR (ABC) Manchester/Boston; WFLA (NBC) Tampa; WTVT (FOX) Tampa; WWJ (CBS) Detroit; KMGH (ABC) Denver; WCNC (NBC) Charlotte; KMSP (FOX) Minneapolis; and WTVD (ABC) Durham had not done so. Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center’s policy director, said in a statement, “In too many cases, the stations and their [political] advertisers failed to comply with the simplest and most basic disclosure requirements. As a result, the public does not have the information it needs to understand who is speaking on the public airwaves and attempting to influence their views on political issues.” Said an NAB spokesman, “NAB takes seriously the political file rules, and will continue working with broadcasters to ensure compliance. We also intend to educate political advertising agencies to enlist support for more accurate information on the disclosure requirements for political ads. Our goal is 100 percent compliance with both the statutory requirements and the FCC rules.”