Section 317 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 317, requires broadcasters to disclose to their listeners or viewers if matter has been aired in exchange for money, services or other valuable consideration. The announcement must be aired when the subject matter is broadcast. The Commission has adopted a rule, 47 C.F.R. § 73.1212, which sets forth the broadcasters' responsibilities to make this sponsorship identification
How to File a Complaint
- Details of the content of the broadcast;
- The date and time of the broadcast;
- Why you believe that payment or other consideration was provided, requiring the airing of a sponsorship identification announcement;
- The call sign of the broadcast station involved;
- The fact that no sponsorship identification was aired; and
- Any documents that you believe establish any of the foregoing.