Recently, many broadcasters have been discovering that their stations’ on-line public file hyperlinks are failing to connect. We have learned that this is likely due to recent modifications to the FCC’s internal servers. The hyperlinks currently direct viewers to a webpage that reads as follows: “We’re Sorry. We couldn’t find the page you were looking for.” To resolve this issue, broadcasters who maintain public files should update the on-line public file hyperlink on their website homepage as soon as possible. To do this go to your public file’s hyperlink and copy it on to your station’s home page. Now many may say… “so what…this problem is the FCC’s fault”. But remember that maintaining a current and functioning on-line public file as well as the link to the file is the obligation of the broadcasters.
Should you have any questions about this, please contact the FCC or your friendly broadcast attorneys at Fletcher Heald & Hildreth. Happy Holidays!