03.04.2005 08:00 AM
Commission fines three TV stations for under-serving hearing impaired

The FCC Enforcement Bureau last week fined three San Diego-based television broadcasters for “willfully and repeatedly” violating a section of the Communications Act requiring stations to make available emergency information to those with hearing disabilities through closed captions.

The Enforcement Bureau found the stations, KFMB-TV, KUSI-TV and KGTV, each “apparently liable” for a forfeiture of $20,000 for failing to provide information about the Southern California wildfire emergency in October 2003 to members of their audience with hearing impairments.

During late October 2003, fast-moving, unpredictable wildfires ravaged parts of Southern California, including the San Diego area. Responding to a consumer complaint, the Enforcement Bureau launched an investigation and reviewed tapes for the stations’ coverage of the fires.

It found instances in which the stations failed to make available via visual presentation, such as closed captioning, in a timely fashion, if at all, emergency information for the hearing impaired that was reported in the aural portion of their programming.

As video programming distributors, the stations are obligated to provide to persons with hearing disabilities the same access to emergency information that it provides to listeners of their programming.

For more information, visit www.fcc.gov.

Back to the top

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

D. Pagan Communications /   Friday 10:35 AM
Blue Line is Hot on the Trail of DPA Microphones
Clyne Media, Inc /   Thursday 09:51 PM
Focusrite Expands RedNet Range

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology