The FCC has fined KSQA Topeka, Kan. (DMA 135), $15,000 for not filing on time its Children’s Television Programming Reports. The station is owned by KSQA LLC, a joint venture between Barbara Wade (51%) and Cooper-Fowler Media (49%). KSQA is an affiliate of music network ZUUS Country. The FCC said “the licensee’s failure to electronically file the Station’s Children’s Television Programming Reports in a timely manner for 14 quarters and its failure to disclose this in its renewal application constitutes an apparent willful and/or repeated violation.”
At the end of every quarter, TV stations across the land must electronically file with the FCC a Form 398 — The Children’s Television Programming Report. However, stations attempting to do that filing for the first quarter of 2013 are discovering that the FCC’s online filing system for those forms ends with the fourth quarter of 2012. As a result, it is preventing many TV stations from preparing their electronic report for the first quarter of 2013, rejecting all efforts to select “First Quarter 2013” as the report to be filed.