NRB Files Petition for Review of FCC Workforce Data Collection Order

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NRB Files Petition for Review of FCC Workforce Data Collection Order

Christian radio operators challenge Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s recent order to reinstate EEO Form 395-B and require upload to online public inspection file

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NRB) —The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) association and one of its members, the American Family Association (AFA), have filed a petition for review of FCC 24-18, which reinstates Form 395-B collection and disclosure, in the Fifth Circuit.

NRB is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent hundreds of millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. AFA is a nonprofit organization that works to “inform, equip, and activate individuals and families to transform American culture.” Its broadcasting arm, American Family Radio, operates more than 180 radio stations reaching 30+ states.

NRB and AFA seek review of the Order on the grounds that it exceeds the FCC’s statutory authority, violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment and the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and is an abuse of the FCC’s discretion.

The following statement is attributable to NRB President & CEO Troy A. Miller:

“Many of NRB’s members would be required to comply with this arbitrary and capricious order, and we are standing up on their behalf. Form 395-B was suspended for 20 years for good reason and revived on highly questionable grounds. Today we are challenging this unnecessary and unlawful action by filing our petition for review.”

Form 395-B, the “Broadcast Station Annual Employment Report,” would compel commercial and non-commercial television and radio broadcasters to annually report information on the race, ethnicity, and gender of each of their employees, and upload such reports to their online public inspection file (OPIF). Per the FCC’s latest order, the information provided to the FCC in the form will not be de-identified or kept private by the Commission, opening the door to third-party weaponization of the public file to target specific broadcast stations.

A version of this disclosure was required by the FCC in the 1980s and 1990s but was suspended after court rulings found that the form unconstitutionally placed undue regulatory burden on broadcasters.

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