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Payola Rules

Federal law, including Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, requires that employees of broadcast stations, program producers, program suppliers and others who have accepted or agreed to receive payments, services or other valuable consideration for airing material must disclose this fact. Disclosure provides broadcasters the information they need to let their audiences know if material was paid for, and by whom.

For more information on the FCC's payola rules, or to file a complaint about payola, see our consumer guide.

Reviewed: September 29, 2014

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