NAB: Shutdown Can’t Affect Political File Availability
October 9, 2013
—Stations must still make their political files available to the public, even during the government shutdown.
That’s what NAB recommends.
The trade group says in “The NAB Pulse,” that while television
stations cannot update their online files that are maintained on the
commission’s database, stations should “find other means of making
political file information available to the public until the FCC’s
website is restored.”
Radio’s political files are still maintained at the station as part
of its public file. While the commission had hoped to extend its online
file system to radio, Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake confirmed to Radio
World at the spring NAB Show that agency budget cuts due to
sequestration won’t make that a possibility for a while.
Currently, only the top four TV stations in each of the top 50
markets are required to put their political file into the FCC’s online
In adopting the online political file requirement, the FCC stated,
“if the commission’s online public file were to become temporarily
unavailable, stations will be required to provide any information
pertaining to the political file not just to candidates, their
representatives and other political time buyers, but directly to any
member of the public as well.”