If you want to know exactly what your local broadcasters are doing to meet public-interest obligations, the best place to look is their public files. Unfortunately, public files are currently difficult to access, requiring curious residents to drive down to the station during business hours. In large media markets, a trip to view the public file could mean traveling over 100 miles. In the coming month, the FCC will hear from broadcasters who want to limit their reporting requirements. It’s critical that the agency also hear from viewers who want to know how their local stations are serving their communities.
Libby Reinish, SavetheNews.org
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