INVESTIGATE YOUR MEDIA

Instructions for Inspecting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Reports on Public File at your Local Television Station:

You do not need an appointment to visit your local TV station to inspect the public files. Go to the station during normal business hours between 9 am to 5 pm. (Note: Your inspection process could take you a half-hour or more so go before 5 pm to ensure you can complete your investigation.) You do not have to explain why you are there or whom you represent. Of course, you should act professionally. Bring a copy of the FCC Public Notice outlining your right to inspect the FCC Public file.

We advise that you go with at least one other person. Have one person do the talking while the other notes the details of your visit. In this way you can verify what took place with a witness. Note how the station’s personnel treated you and what level of difficulty was involved in inspecting the FCC public file. Ask to see the FCC quarterly reports in the public files. You may need to ask for the Public Affairs Director who will know what files the station is required to give you access to.

Each station is required to file quarterly reports to the FCC in Washington DC on programming they broadcast, their response to community inquires, and their activities. As you inspect the files please note if the files are current, legible, and in proper order.

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