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Payola and Sponsorship Identification

To file a complaint of violation of the sponsorship identification rule, the complainant generally should include the following information: (1) the call letters of the station; (2) the city and state where the station is located; (3) a tape or other documentation showing the failure to provide the required sponsorship identification; and (4) documentation (e.g., copies of agreements, memoranda or other written documents) demonstrating that the broadcast material in question was broadcast in exchange for payment to the station or to an employee of the station.

Complaints should be sent to: Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau, Investigations & Hearing Division, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.

For more information on the payola and sponsorship identification requirements, please click here.

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