According to a fact sheet on the FCC website, when reviewing licenses the agency must determine if a renewal is in the public interest.
The FCC said in the fact sheet it expects “station licensees to be aware of the important problems and issues facing their local communities and to foster public understanding by presenting programming that relates to those local issues.”
Publishers Notes: We've all seen it, especially lately. Local television stations are spending more time on news from California, Chicago and elsewhere. They are not providing enough local content and even when they do cover local content it's all BS fluff stuff and not even news. It certainly isn't "fair and balanced". While these television stations cry that they are being treated unfairly, THERE ARE RULES. WBOC's local Fox News station broadcasts mainly OTHER Liberal stations news and when do you ever see a FOX Affiliate/Reporter reporting on that station?
Crime is obviously important to locals, especially rapes. NONE of this is being covered. It's about time someone stand up to our local mainstream media.