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Dems Call FCC EEO Process ‘Woefully Inadequate’

Comment made in Puerto Rico case

The FCC found Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corp. apparently liable for $8,000 in fines for Equal Employment Opportunity violations.

The company owns two TV stations as well as WIPR(AM-FM) in San Juan.

In an EEO audit, the commission found the company didn’t keep good EEO records for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 reporting periods — enough that the FCC said it couldn’t properly analyze the licensee’s recruitment efforts.

The agency found that the EEO violations did not affect the TV stations’ ability to serve the public and so it granted renewal applications for WIPR(TV), San Juan and WIPM(TV), Mayaquez.

Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting has 30 days to pay the fine or ask that it be cancelled or reduced.

In a statement, Democratic Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein said the commission’s recent efforts to promote employment diversity have been “woefully inadequate,” and at the least the agency should make its process more transparent.