About the Public file

Important note: The FCC now has an online publicfile.

The Data here will be moved there 8-7-2012 WTJR ENG DEPT

WTJR Television maintains a FCC Public File for Public Inspection at our Studio location, 222 North Sixth Street, Quincy Illinois 62301. Phone: 217-228-1616. Email: Contact Form. The WTJR Studio is open during normal business hours Monday through Thursday 9:am-4:pm, Friday 9:am-Noon. (Central time). The online version of the public file is at www.wtjrtv.org/publicfile/

What is a Public File and what does it contain? Follow this link to “The Public and Broadcasting” the FCC website for a explanation. Link to fcc site

The contents of Public file.
The material to be retained in the public inspection file is as follows:
(Note-Numbers are folder numbers in stations public file cabinet, also this is a edited version of the FCC rules (47 cfr Sec. 73.3527 section e)

(1) The License. Stations must keep a copy of their current FCC license in the public file, together with any material documenting FCC-approved modifications to the license. The license reflects the station’s technical parameters (authorized frequency, call letters, operating power, transmitter location, etc.), as well as any special conditions imposed by the FCC on the station’s operation. The license also indicates when it was issued and when it will expire.

(2) Applications and Related Materials. The public file must contain copies of all applications filed with the FCC that are still pending before either the FCC or the courts. These include applications to sell the station (technically known as “assigning” or “transferring” the license) or to modify its facilities (for example, to increase power, change the antenna system, or change the transmitter location). Also, the station must keep copies of any construction or sales application whose grant required us to waive our rules. Applications that required a waiver, together with any related material, will reflect the particular rule(s) that we waived.The station must also keep renewal applications that we granted for less than a full license term until final grant of their next renewal application. We may grant such short-term renewals when we are concerned about the station’s performance over the previous term. These concerns will be reflected in the renewal-related material in the public file.

(3) Citizen Agreements. Stations must keep a copy of any written agreements they make with local viewers or listeners. These “citizen agreements” deal with programming, employment, or other issues of community concern. The station must keep these agreements in the public file for as long as they are in effect.

(4) Contour Maps. The public file must contain copies of any service contour maps or other information submitted with any application filed with the FCC that reflects the station’s service contours and/or its main studio and transmitter location. These documents must stay in the file for as long as they remain accurate. Not all stations are required to have contour maps.

(5) Material Relating to an FCC Investigation or a Complaint. Stations must keep material relating to any matter that is the subject of an FCC investigation or a complaint that the station has violated the Communications Act or our rules. The station must keep this material until we notify it that the material may be discarded. Since we are not involved in disputes regarding matters unrelated to the Communications Act or our rules, stations do not have to keep material relating to such matters in the public file.

(6) Ownership Reports and Related Material. The public file must contain a copy of the most recent, complete Ownership Report filed for the station. This report has the names of the owners of the station and their ownership interests, lists any contracts related to the station that are required to be filed with the FCC, and identifies any interest held by the station licensee in other broadcast stations.

(7) List of Contracts Required to be Filed with the FCC. Stations have to keep either a copy of all the contracts that they have to file with us, or an up-to-date list identifying all such contracts. If the station keeps a list and you ask to see copies of the actual contracts, the station must give them to you within seven days.
Contracts required to be maintained or listed in the public inspection file include:
(A) contracts relating to network service (network affiliation contracts);
(B) contracts relating to ownership or control of the licensee or permittee or its stock. Examples include articles of incorporation, bylaws, agreements providing for the assignment of a license or permit or affecting stock ownership or voting rights (stock options, pledges, or proxies), and mortgage or loan agreements that restrict the licensee or permittee’s freedom of operation;
(C) management consultant agreements with independent contractors, and station management contracts that provide for a percentage of profits or sharing of losses.

(8) Political File. Stations must keep a file containing records of all requests for broadcast time made by or for a candidate for public office. The file must identify how the station responded to such requests and (if the request was granted) the charges made, a schedule of the time purchased, the times the spots actually aired, the rates charged, and the classes of time purchased. The file must also reflect any free time provided to a candidate. The station must keep the political records for two years after the spot airs. see the political broadcasting rules 73.1943 and 73.3526(e)(6) or 73.35.27(e)(5).

(9) Annual Employment Reports and Related Material. We require all radio and TV stations to afford equal opportunity in employment. We also prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. We require stations to file reports annually describing how they have complied with these policies. However, some of the specific rules implementing these policies were struck down by the D.C. Circuit Court in 1998. As a result, we are in the process of studying them to make them consistent with the court’s requirements.

(10) Copies of this Manual. Stations must keep a copy of this manual in the public file.

(11) Letters and E-Mail from the Public. Commercial stations must keep written comments and suggestions received from the public regarding their operation for at least three years. Noncommercial stations are not subject to this requirement.

(12) Issues/Programs List. Every three months, all stations must prepare and place in their file a list of programs that have provided their most significant treatment of community issues during the preceding three months. The list must briefly describe both the issue and the programming where the issue was discussed. The stations must keep these lists for the entire license term.

(13) Children’s Television Programming Reports. The Children’s Television Act of 1990 and our rules require all TV stations to air programming that serves the educational and informational needs of children 16 and under, including programming that is specifically designed to serve such needs. In addition, commercial TV stations must make and retain Children’s Television Programming Reports identifying the educational and informational programming for children aired by the station. (Noncommercial stations are not required to prepare these reports.) The report must include the name of the person at the station responsible for collecting comments on the station’s compliance with the Children’s Television Act. The station has to prepare these reports each calendar quarter, and it must place them in the public file separately from the file’s other material. Stations must keep the reports for the remainder of their license terms. You can also view each station’s reports on our web site at www.fcc.gov.

(14) Records Regarding Children’s Programming Commercial Limits. The Children’s Television Act of 1990 and our rules limit the type and amount of advertising that may be aired in TV programming directed to children 12 and under. On weekends, commercial television stations may air no more than 10.5 minutes of commercials per hour during children’s programming, and no more than 12 minutes on weekdays. Stations must keep records that substantiate compliance with these limits for the remainder of the license term.
FCC Public File (continued)

(15) Radio Time Brokerage Agreements. A time brokerage agreement is a type of contract that generally involves a station’s sale of discrete blocks of air time to a broker, who then supplies the programming to fill that time and sells the commercial spot announcements to support the programming. Commercial radio stations must keep a copy of every agreement involving: (1) time brokerage of that station; or (2) time brokerage by any other station owned by the same licensee.

(16) List of Donors. Noncommercial TV and radio stations must keep a list of donors supporting specific programs for two years after the program airs.

(17) Local Public Notice Announcements. When someone files an application to build a new station or to renew, sell, or modify an existing station, we often require the applicant to make a series of local announcements to inform the public of the application’s existence and nature. These announcements are either published in a local newspaper or made over the air on the station, and they are intended to give the public an opportunity to comment on the application. Copies of these announcements must be retained in the public inspection file.

(18) Must-Carry or Retransmission Consent Election. There are two ways that a broadcast TV station can choose to be carried on a cable TV system: “must-carry” and “retransmission consent.” Must-Carry. All TV stations are generally entitled to be carried on cable television systems in their local markets. A station that chooses to exercise this right receives no compensation from the cable system.Retransmission Consent. Instead of exercising their “must-carry” rights, commercial TV stations may choose to receive compensation from a cable system in return for granting permission to the cable system to carry the station. This option is available only to commercial TV stations.
Every three years, commercial TV stations must decide whether their relationship with each local cable system will be governed by must-carry or by retransmission consent agreements. Each commercial station must keep a copy of its decision in the public file for the three-year period to which it pertains.
Noncommercial stations are not entitled to compensation in return for carriage on a cable system, but they may request mandatory carriage on the system. A noncommercial station making this request must keep a copy of the request in the public file for the duration of the period to which it applies.

18a – DTV Consumer Education & Misc
(b) By the tenth day of the first calendar quarter after the initial grant of a WCS license authorization subject to the requirements of this section – and on a quarterly basis thereafter as specified in subsection (c) – the licensee holding such authorization must file a report with the Commission indicating whether, in the previous quarter, it has taken any outreach efforts to educate consumers about the transition from analog broadcast television service to digital broadcast television service (DTV)
19 – Misc

This cover Page revised 1/11/2012

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