• FCC Orders TV Stations to Post Their Political Files Online
  • August 10, 2012 | Authors: Jeffrey J. Hunter; Ronald M. Jacobs; Lawrence H. Norton
  • Law Firm: Venable LLP - Washington Office
  • Starting August 2, 2012, affiliates of the four major television networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) in the nation’s 50 largest markets must transition from maintaining their “political file” records on paper to an FCC website. Among other disclosures, these stations must upload records of political advertising sales and inquiries immediately. Online access to stations’ political files will benefit not only media buyers and political beat reporters, but also anyone who is considering buying broadcast time, such as advocacy groups and others that are not entitled to the lowest unit charge.