KCET-TV, the Los Angeles station that broke with the Public Broadcasting Service on Jan. 1, has been fined $10,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for "willfully and repeatedly violating" rules that give the public access to station records, reports the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog.
The story says that an FCC agent visited KCET’s Silver Lake facility on Aug. 19 and asked to see the station’s public inspection file, without identifying himself as a commission staffer, the story notes. A security guard told him he had to call first to see the file or speak with the station manager, but when the agent came back the next morning, he received the same response. He only was able to gain entry on a third visit and after he showed his FCC badge, the story notes.
While the agent found the records in order, the FCC rules say that the file should "be available for public inspection at any time during regular business hours."