FCC Public File for KPTM Omaha Nebraska
KPTM television maintains an FCC Public File for Public Inspection at our Studio location, 4625 Farnam Street Omaha, Nebraska 68134. Phone: 402-558-1500. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The KPTM Studio is open during normal business hours Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (Central time).
The Public and Broadcasting Manual provides a brief overview of the FCC’s regulation of broadcast licensees and explains what the Public File is and what it contains. Follow this Link to FCC site for the manual.
The contents of Public file.
The material to be retained in the public inspection file pursuant to FCC rules (47 CFR Sec. 73.3526) is as follows. For those documents available through the FCC’s website, a link is provided which can be used to obtain those documents. Other documents are available for review at KPTM’s studio.
(1) Authorizations. Stations must keep a copy of their current FCC license in the public file, together with any material documenting FCC-approved modifications to the license. The license reflects the station’s technical parameters (authorized frequency, call letters, operating power, transmitter location, etc.), as well as any special conditions imposed by the FCC on the station’s operation. The license also indicates when it was issued and when it will expire.
(2) Applications and Related Materials. The public file must contain copies of all applications filed with the FCC on which final action has not yet been taken. These include applications to sell the station (applications for “assignment” or “transfer” of the license) or to modify its facilities (for example, to increase power, change the antenna system, or change the transmitter location). Also, the station must keep copies of any initial construction permit application or assignment or transfer application granted pursuant to a waiver of the FCC’s rules. Applications that required a waiver, together with any related material, will reflect the particular rule(s) waived. The station must also keep renewal applications that are granted for less than a full license term until final grant of their next renewal application.
(3) Citizen agreements. KPTM is not party to any such agreements.
(4) Contour Maps. The public file must contain copies of any service contour maps or other information submitted with any application filed with the FCC that reflects the station’s service contours and/or its main studio and transmitter location. These documents must stay in the file for as long as they remain accurate.
(5) Ownership Reports and Related Material. The public file must contain a copy of the most recent, complete Ownership Report filed for the station. This report contains information regarding the owners of the station and their ownership interests, lists any contracts related to the station that are required to be filed with the FCC, and identifies any interest held by the station licensee in other broadcast stations. The public file must contain an up-to-date list of all contracts required to be filed with the FCC and/or copies of those contracts. If the public file contains only a list of such contracts, copies of the contracts will be provided upon request within 7 days.
(6) Political File. (Pursuant to FCC rules 73.1943 and 73.3526(e)). Stations must keep a file containing records of all requests for broadcast time made by or for a candidate for public office. The file must identify how the station responded to such requests and (if the request was granted) the charges made, a schedule of the time purchased, the times the spots actually aired, the rates charged, and the classes of time purchased. The file must also reflect any free time provided to a candidate. The station must keep the political records for two years after the spot airs.
(7) Equal Employment Opportunity. The FCC requires all radio and TV stations to afford equal opportunity in employment and prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The FCC requires licensees to file reports annually describing how they have complied with these policies. These records must be retained until final action has been taken on the station’s next license renewal application. Licensees with fewer than 5 employees are not required to file these annual reports.
(9) Letters and E-Mail from the Public. Commercial stations must keep written comments and suggestions received from the public regarding their operation for at least three years.
(10) Materials Relating to a FCC Investigation. Stations must keep material relating to any matter that is the subject of an FCC investigation or complaint about which the licensee has been advised. The station must keep this material until notified in writing by the FCC that the material may be discarded.
(11) Television Station Quarterly Reports. The following reports must be prepared and placed in the public inspection file on a quarterly basis by the tenth day following the end of each quarter.
(i) Issues/Programs List. Every three months, all stations must prepare and place in their file a list of programs that have provided their most significant treatment of community issues during the preceding three months. The list must briefly describe both the issue and the programming where the issue was discussed. These reports must be retained until final action has been taken on the station’s next license renewal application.
(ii) Children’s Programming Commercial Limits. The Children’s Television Act of 1990 limit the type and amount of advertising that may be aired in TV programming directed to children 12 and under. On weekends, commercial television stations may air no more than 10.5 minutes of commercials per hour during children’s programming, and no more than 12 minutes on weekdays. Stations must keep records that substantiate compliance with these limits. These records must be retained until final action has been taken on the station’s next license renewal application.
(iii) Children’s Television Programming Reports. The Children’s Television Act of 1990 require all TV stations to air programming that serves the educational and informational needs of children 16 and under, including programming that is specifically designed to serve such needs. In addition, commercial TV stations must prepare and retain Children’s Television Programming Reports identifying the educational and informational programming for children aired by the station. The report must include the name of the person at the station responsible for collecting comments on the station’s compliance with the Children’s Television Act. These reports must be retained until final action has been taken on the station’s next license renewal application. KPTM’s current and previous reports are available on the FCC’s website at FCC Form 398.
(12) Radio Station Quarterly Reports – applicable only to radio station licensees.
(13) Local Public Notice Announcements. The FCC’s rules require licensees to provide local public notice of the filing of their license renewal applications. Statements certifying compliance with these requirements must be retained in the public inspection file for as long as the application for renewal is retained in the file.
(14) Radio and Television Time Brokerage Agreements. A time brokerage agreement is a type of contract that generally involves a station’s sale of discrete blocks of airtime to a broker, who then supplies programming to fill that airtime. Copies of any agreements involving time brokerage of the licensee’s station or brokerage by the licensee of another station must be retained in the public file for as long as the agreement is in effect.
(15) Must-carry or Retransmission Consent Election. Every three years, television stations must elect to be carried on cable or satellite systems pursuant to either “must-carry” or “retransmission consent.” Copies of a station’s election letters to cable systems and satellite providers must be retained for the duration of the three-year period to which the election applies.
(16) Radio and Television Joint Sales Agreements. A Joint Sales agreement is a type of contract that generally involves a station’s sale of some or all of the station’s advertising time. Copies of any joint sales agreements involving a station must be retained in the station’s public file for as long as the agreement is in effect.