April 8, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Broadcast stations with five or more full-time employees, and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), including cable and satellite TV companies, with six or more full-time employees, are required by FCC rules to maintain an EEO recruitment program. They must also create a report each year providing information about the program and place it in their public files. Requirements for EEO public file reports are outlined in the EEO rules for broadcast stations (Section 73.2080(c)(6)) and MVPDs (Section 76.1702(b)). Those stations and MVPDs that have websites are also required to post the current year's EEO public file report on their websites. Failure to create the report with all required information, to place it in the public file, or to post it to the station's or MVPD's website are violations of our rules and may result in enforcement action. The Commission has issued forfeitures for these violations in the past. All forfeitures released by the Commission for violations of EEO rules, as well as all EEO regulations and other EEO information, may be viewed on the EEO page on the FCC website. In addition, if you have questions about the FCC's EEO rules, please contact the Media Bureau's EEO Staff, at (202) 418-1450.