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Requiring Local TV Stations to Disclose Political Ad Buys Online

Friday, January 06, 2012

Local television stations are required to maintain a public file of political ad sales, and allow any member of the public to inspect it–as long as they physically come in to the station.  To make the information more accessible, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing regulations that would require local broadcasters to put the public file online.  Bob speaks to former FCC adviser Steven Waldman, who says that putting the information online is the least that broadcasters can do to fulfill their public interest obligations.

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The Onerous Task of Disclosing Political Ad Buys Online

Friday, January 06, 2012

The FCC's proposed regulations to force disclosure of TV political ad buys online is facing resistance from local television stations.  The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says that requiring stations to post online a file of the the ads purchased would create an unnecessary burden for the stations.  Bob speaks to broadcast attorney and outside counsel for the NAB Jack Goodman, who says the political file is too massive and disorganized to maintain online.

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