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Informal consumer complaints about broadcasting grow

The FCC has released its totals for the third quarter of 2006, which shows consumer complaints and inquiries regarding broadcasting saw nearly a fourfold increase from the previous quarter.
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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:

JulyAugustSeptQuarter totalsRadio 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 JulyAugustSeptQuarter totalsRadio 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.