FCC Votes to Put Broadcasters' Political Ad Hauls Online

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The Federal Communications Commission voted this morning to modify the disclosure procedures for major-market broadcast TV stations, requiring them to post their their 'public files' -- which include information about political ads -- online in a FCC-hosted online database. Currently, the public files are stored in paper form at a broadcaster's main studio. Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn voted to affirm the entire order, while Commissioner Robert McDowell dissented to the portions of the Order requiring the political file to be posted, according to an FCC statement. Under the order passed this morning, stations will not be required to upload existing materials in their political files online, but will need to do so for political files going forward.

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Bill Moyers had an excellent segment on this topic... by Amanda Lang on Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 2:12:56 PM