The Federal Communications Commission has levied $ 325,000 in fines against 12 radio stations and a $ 121,500 fine against a Florida cable TV operator for allegedly violating equal employment opportunity guidelines.
The fines, which could be announced as early as today, signal a get-tough approach by the FCC against broadcasters and cablers who don’t toe the line on commission rules.
The FCC requires stations and cable operators to actively attempt to recruit minorities and women at all levels of business.
The Florida cable TV operation is owned by Adelphia Communications, the 11th largest cable multisystem operator in the U.S.
The radio station fines range from $ 18,750 to $ 37,500. Two California stations — KKCB-AM/KSLY-FM San Luis Obispo and KTMS-AM/KHTY-FM Santa Barbara — were included on the list. Other stations hit by fines were based in Texas and the state of Washington.