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Released: December 23, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-2459

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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National Communications, LLC
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Facility I.D. No. 35852
Licensee of Station KVHP
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NAL/Acct. No.: 201341420067
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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FRN: 0005010376

NOTICE OF APPARENT

LIABILITY FOR FORFEITURE

Adopted: December 23, 2013

Released: December 23, 2013

By the Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau:

I.

INTRODUCTION:

1.
In this Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) issued pursuant to Section
503(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”), and Section 1.80 of the
Commission’s Rules (the “Rules”),1 we find that National Communications, LLC (the “Licensee”),
licensee of Station KVHP (the “Station”), apparently willfully and/or repeatedly violated (i) Section
73.3526(e)(11)(iii) of the Rules by failing to file timely with the Commission the Station’s Children’s
Television Programming Reports.2 Based upon our review of the facts and circumstances before us, we
conclude that the Licensee is apparently liable for a monetary forfeiture in the amount of three thousand
dollars ($3,000).

II.

BACKGROUND:

2.
Section 73.3526 of the Rules requires each commercial broadcast licensee to maintain a
public inspection file containing specific types of information related to station operations. As set forth in
subsection 73.3526(e)(11)(iii), each commercial television licensee is required to prepare and place in its
public inspection file a Children’s Television Programming Report (FCC Form 398) for each calendar
quarter reflecting, inter alia, the efforts that it made during that quarter to serve the educational and
informational needs of children. That subsection also requires licensees to file the reports with the
Commission and to publicize the existence and location of the reports.
3.
On January 17, 2013, the Licensee filed its license renewal application (FCC Form 303-
S) for Station WPDP-LP (the “Application”).3 The Licensee reported that prior to 2008, Children’s
Television Programming Reports for several quarters were filed late. Since then, all reports have been
filed timely, the Licensee reported.

III.

DISCUSSION

4.
The Licensee’s failure to file with the Commission in a timely manner its Children’s
Television Programming Reports constitutes apparent willful and/or repeated violations of Section


1 47 U.S.C. § 503(b); 47 C.F.R. § 1.80.
2 See 47 C.F.R. § 73.3526(e)(11)(iii).
3 File No. BRCDT-20130117AAJ. The Licensee filed an amendment to the application on November 25, 2013.

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73.3526(e)(11)(iii).
5. This NAL is issued pursuant to Section 503(b)(1)(B) of the Act. Under that provision, any
person who is determined by the Commission to have willfully and/or repeatedly failed to comply with
any provision of the Act or any rule, regulation, or order issued by the Commission shall be liable to the
United States for a forfeiture penalty.4 Section 312(f)(1) of the Act defines willful as “the conscious and
deliberate commission or omission of [any] act, irrespective of any intent to violate” the law.5 The
legislative history to Section 312(f)(1) of the Act clarifies that this definition of willful applies to both
Sections 312 and 503(b) of the Act,6 and the Commission has so interpreted the term in the Section
503(b) context.7 Section 312(f)(2) of the Act provides that “[t]he term ‘repeated,’ when used with
reference to the commission or omission of any act, means the commission or omission of such act more
than once or, if such commission or omission is continuous, for more than one day.”8
6. The Commission’s Forfeiture Policy Statement and Section 1.80(b)(4) of the Rules establish
a base forfeiture amount of $3,000 for failure to file a required form or information.9 In determining the
appropriate forfeiture amount, we may adjust the base amount upward or downward by considering the
factors enumerated in Section 503(b)(2)(D) of the Act, including “the nature, circumstances, extent and
gravity of the violation, and, with respect to the violator, the degree of culpability, any history of prior
offenses, ability to pay, and such other matters as justice may require.”10 In this case, the Licensee
repeatedly failed to file its Children’s Television Programming Reports with the Commission in a timely
manner for several quarters, and we therefore conclude that the Licensee is apparently liable for a $3,000
forfeiture for these apparent violations.

IV.

ORDERING CLAUSES

7.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Section 503(b) of the Communications Act
of 1934, as amended, and Section 1.80 of the Commission’s Rules, that National Communications, LLC
is hereby NOTIFIED of its APPARENT LIABILITY FOR FORFEITURE in the amount of three
thousand dollars ($3,000) for its apparent willful and repeated violations of Section 73.3526(e)(11)(iii) of
the Commission’s Rules.
8.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, pursuant to Section 1.80 of the Commission’s Rules, that,
within thirty (30) days of the release date of this NAL, that National Communications, LLC SHALL PAY
the full amount of the proposed forfeiture or SHALL FILE a written statement seeking reduction or
cancellation of the proposed forfeiture.
9.
Payment of the proposed forfeiture must be made by check or similar instrument, payable
to the order of the Federal Communications Commission. The payment must include the NAL/Acct. No.
and FRN No. referenced in the caption above. Payment by check or money order may be mailed to Federal


4 47 U.S.C. § 503(b)(1)(B); see also 47 C.F.R. § 1.80(a)(1).
5 47 U.S.C. § 312(f)(1).
6 See H.R. Rep. No. 97-765, 97th Cong. 2d Sess. 51 (1982).
7 See Southern California Broadcasting Co., Memorandum Opinion and Order, 6 FCC Rcd 4387, 4388 (1991).
8 47 U.S.C. § 312(f)(2).
9 See Forfeiture Policy Statement and Amendment of Section 1.80(b) of the Rules to Incorporate the Forfeiture
Guidelines
, Report and Order, 12 FCC Rcd 17087, 17113-15 (1997) (“Forfeiture Policy Statement”), recon. denied,
15 FCC Rcd 303 (1999); 47 C.F.R. § 1.80(b)(4), note to paragraph (b)(4), Section I.
10 47 U.S.C. § 503(b)(2)(D); see also Forfeiture Policy Statement, 12 FCC Rcd at 17100-01; 47 C.F.R. § 1.80(b)(4)
and note to paragraph (b)(4), Section II.
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Communications Commission, at P.O. Box 979088, St. Louis, MO 63197-9000. Payment by overnight
mail may be sent to U.S. Bank-Government Lockbox #979088, SL-MO-C2-GL, 1005 Convention Plaza, St.
Louis, MO 63101. Payment by wire transfer may be made to ABA Number 021030004, receiving bank:
TREAS NYC, BNF: FCC/ACV--27000001 and account number as expressed on the remittance instrument.
If completing the FCC Form 159, enter the NAL/Account number in block number 23A (call sign/other ID),
and enter the letters “FORF” in block number 24A (payment type code).
10.
The response, if any, must be mailed to Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications
Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554, ATTN: Barbara A. Kreisman, Chief, Video
Division, Media Bureau, and MUST INCLUDE the NAL/Acct. No. referenced above.
11.
The Commission will not consider reducing or canceling a forfeiture in response to a
claim of inability to pay unless the respondent submits: (1) federal tax returns for the most recent three-
year period; (2) financial statements prepared according to generally accepted accounting practices
(“GAAP”); or (3) some other reliable and objective documentation that accurately reflects the
respondent’s current financial status. Any claim of inability to pay must specifically identify the basis for
the claim by reference to the financial documentation submitted.
12.
Requests for full payment of the forfeiture proposed in this NAL under the installment
plan should be sent to: Associate Managing Director- Financial Operations, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room
1-A625, Washington, D.C. 20554.11
13.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that copies of this NAL shall be sent, by First Class and
Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, to National Communications, LLC, 205 W. College Street,
Lake Charles, Louisiana, and to its counsel, James A. Koerner, Esq., Koerner & Olender, P.C., 11913
Grey Hollow Court, North Bethesda, Maryland, 20852.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Barbara A. Kreisman
Chief, Video Division
Media Bureau


11 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1914.
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