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Clear Channel Chicago Faces EEO Notification Fine

FCC proposes $20,000 penalty for what agency says is improper outreach

The FCC has proposed a $20,000 fine for Clear Channel’s Chicago cluster for not going about its Equal Employment Opportunity notifications in the right way.

The affected Chicago stations are: WNUA(FM), WGCI(FM), WKSC(FM), WGRB(AM), WLIT(FM) and WVAZ(FM), Oak Park, Ill.

The Media Bureau found that the broadcaster failed to comply with the requirement to notify job referral sources about vacancies and to self-assess its EEO performance. That’s why the agency is requiring Clear Channel to regularly report its improvement and performance in these areas for the next three years beginning in 2014.

In its decision, the Media Bureau said the stations violated EEO reporting rules over a two-year period, from August 2009 through July 2011. The licensee filled 36 full-time positions and failed to notify all of the organizations that had asked for notification for 33 of those, the FCC found. The broadcaster also failed to review its recruitment program to ensure it was achieving broad outreach, according to the agency.

Clear Channel has 30 days to appeal or pay the fine.