Within 10 days of the end of each calender quarter, broadcasters (both commercial and noncommercial) need to place into their public inspection files their quarterly issues programs lists. We recently published an advisory with details of this quarterly obligation, and a suggested form for the public file report. Remember that these reports need to be in your file by October 10.
While most broadcasters have recently had their licenses renewed, stations shouldn’t think that they don’t have to worry about these reports so early in their next renewal cycle. In fact, in the renewal cycle that is just reaching its end, a number of stations were fined as much as $10,000 for quarterly issues programs list violations that had occurred early in the last renewal cycle. So what you do now will save you money down the road.