Informal consumer complaints about broadcasting grow

January 4, 2007

The number of informal consumer inquiries and complaints to the Federal Communications Commission regarding radio and television broadcasting increased from 53,352 in the second quarter of 2006 to 194,468 in the third quarter, according to a recently published FCC report.

The report presents inquiry and complaint totals on the top areas processed by the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) during the third quarter of calendar year 2006.

Among the areas tallied are Wireless, Wireline, Amateur License Information and Service and Radio and Television Broadcasting.

The broadcast statistics include:

July August Sept Quarter totals
Radio and television broadcasting
Accessibility issues 5 3 1 9
Programming - general criticism 261 248 206 715
Programming - indecency/obscenity** 26,843 3,108 163,553 193,504
Other programming issues 84 69 87 240
Totals 27,193 35,520 186,762 194,468
July August Sept Quarter totals
Radio and television broadcasting
EAS 39 17 20 76
Political programming issues 19 49 51 119
Accessibility issues 69 49 31 149
Digital television issues 99 118 111 328
Broadcast programming issues 1,034 1,174 1,045 3,253
Totals 1,260 1,407 1,258 3,925

For more information, visit: www.fcc.gov.

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