Sunshine Broadcasting Fined $15,000 for File Foul
Two Florida stations cited on kid show info
June 18, 2013
— Sunshine Broadcasting of Gainesville, Fla., is being assessed
a $15,000 fine for violating the rules for keeping track of children’s
programming. The Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Apparent
Liability for Forfeiture, otherwise known as an “NAL,” for two Sunshine
stations—WIMP-CD in Miami and WARP-CD in Tampa-St. Petersburg—for failing to
file timely children’s programming reports.
FCC records indicate that WIMP hadn’t filed the reports for 11 quarters and
WARP, for 13. The omission was discovered when license renewals were filed for
the station’s Sept. 22, 2012.
The base fine for each omitted report is $3,000, but the FCC adjusted it
downward based on “the nature, circumstances, extent and gravity of the
violation, and, with respect to the violator, the degree of culpability, any
history of prior offenses, ability to pay, and other such matters as justice
may require.” The fine levied for WIMP was adjusted to $6,000; for WARP,
$9,000, bringing the total to $15,000.