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Media Bureau Sends First Broadcast EEO Random Audits in 2013

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Released: February 28, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 13-301

Released: February 28, 2013

FCC COMMENCES 2013 EEO AUDITS

On February 26, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission mailed the first of its Equal
Employment Opportunity (EEO) audit letters for 2013 to randomly selected radio and television
stations. In accordance with the provisions of Section 73.2080(f)(4) of the Commission’s EEO
rules, the FCC annually audits the EEO programs of randomly selected broadcast licensees.
Each year, approximately five percent of all radio and television stations are selected for EEO
audits. This year we have modified the audit letter in certain respects to reduce audit burdens on
stations while at the same time encouraging broader job outreach. Although we are requesting
fewer job notices, on-air ad logs, information on initiatives that go beyond our requirements, and
some other items, we will still be thoroughly auditing programs for compliance with our rules.
We intend for reduced response burdens to encourage stations to have vigorous recruitment
without needing to provide as much detail as before in audit responses.
Attached are a list of the radio and television stations to which the audit letters were sent, as well
as the text of the February 26, 2013 audit letter. The list and the letter can also be viewed by
accessing the Media Bureau’s current EEO headline page on the FCC website at
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/equal-employment-opportunity-2013-headlines.
For stations that have a website and five or more full-time employees:
We remind you that you must post your most recent EEO public file report on your website by
the deadline by which it must be placed in the public file, in accordance with 47 C.F.R. §
73.2080(c)(6). This will be examined as part of the audit. Failure to post the required report on
a station website is a violation of the EEO Rule and subject to sanctions, including a forfeiture.
Please also note that if your station or employment unit does not have its own website, but its
corporate site contains a link to a site pertaining to the station or unit, then the station or unit’s
most recent EEO public file report must be linked to either the station or unit’s site or the general
corporate site, pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 73.2080(c)(6).
News Media Contact: Janice Wise at 202-418-8165
Media Bureau Contact: Lewis Pulley at 202-418-1450

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