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FCC Enters Consent Decree With Salem Media for $50,000


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The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has entered into a Consent Decree to resolve its investigation into whether Salem Media Group violated the agency's live broadcast rules by airing pre-recorded programming as "live" without announcing before the broadcast that the programming was pre-recorded. To settle the matter, Salem admits that it broadcast prerecorded programming as "live" without previously announcing that the programming was actually prerecorded. The company will pay a $50,000 civil penalty, and will implement a compliance plan to help ensure future compliance with the Commission's rules.

The FCC stated that it "has a longstanding goal of protecting consumers by ensuring the public knows when certain program material is 'live,' rather than taped, filmed, or recorded. Specifically, any taped, filmed or recorded program material in which time is of special significance, or by which an affirmative attempt is made to create the impression that it is occurring simultaneously with the broadcast, must be identified by broadcast licensees as taped, filmed or recorded. Doing otherwise may mislead the public."

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