Here are the 130 radio stations that receive EEO audits. | story | Panda Anku

More than 100 radio stations, including 84 FMs and 46 AMs, will soon be notified by the Federal Communications Commission that they are among stations under review of their hiring practices. It is part of the FCC’s routine checks of station EEO compliance. Audited stations have until October 7 to provide information on their recruitment practices. In addition, 20 TV channels are checked.

Under FCC rules, the Media Bureau randomly audits five percent of all radio and television stations each year to ensure they comply with the agency’s EEO rules regarding hiring. Stations selected for an audit must submit current EEO public record reports to the FCC. For each station that has filled a vacancy during the period covered by the audit, the FCC must also be provided with information on how they recruited to fill the vacancy. This includes copies of online job offers, advertisements and letters sent. For on-air job announcements, broadcasters must share copies of broadcast logs with the FCC.

In situations where the station is in a market with a population of 250,000 or more, the station must also report the total number of full-time employees. The FCC also wants to know what recruiting activities a station has undertaken in the past two years, such as: B. Participation in job fairs, mentoring programs and training courses for employees. It also wants to know if there have been any complaints about the channel alleging unlawful discrimination in employment practices based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex. “Note that you must report all complaints, regardless of their status or disposition,” the letter sent to broadcasters said.

There are several ways in which stations can be exempted from EEO testing. This includes whether it was selected for an audit in 2020 or 2021, or whether the station’s last license renewal application was granted after August 1, 2020. Stations with fewer than five full-time employees are also exempt, but are still required to provide some information to the FCC. This includes providing the agency with a list of full-time employees, identified by job title only – no names are intended to be included – and the number of hours they work per week.

View a list of all stations selected for the second round of the 2022 EEO audits HERE.

FCC may revive annual employee reports

Radio and television broadcasters may soon face a deeper scrutiny as the Commission moves forward with a plan to once again collect annual staff reports (Form 395-B) of stations. The practice was shelved in 2004 when agency lawyers raised unconstitutional concerns about interviewing broadcasters about the race and gender of their employees. But last July, the Commission Launch approved unanimously a rulemaking process (MB file number 98-204), which aims to update the records of employee data collection requirements to provide more information on the legal, logistical and technical issues related to FCC Form 395-B.

FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said it was time to resume data collection, calling it a “vital” tool for assessing workforce diversity in the industry.

“We have a legal obligation under Section 334 of the Communications Act to collect information on the diversity of employment of broadcasters. This obligation has been largely ignored by the agency since 2004, but we launched a process last year to get it going again.” said Rosenworcel at a performance before a congressional committee earlier this year.

Among the issues the FCC wants to clarify is whether employee information can or should be kept confidential. That’s an open question because, as the FCC pointed out, none of the previous federal court decisions required the data be withheld from the public.

The National Association of Broadcasters has stated that while diversity in the radio and television workforce is a goal shared by the industry with the FCC, it believes that only aggregated data and not broadcast-level results should be disclosed.

The delay in an action can also be due to the fact that Rosenworcel has not yet had a third vote to break through the commission the current 2-2 patch lock with Republican commissioners.

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