All – Thanks for your feedback and patience. We’ve been discussing with Focus the spot, what happened, a fix and processes going forward.
First and most importantly, out of an abundance of caution, Focus will push out a replacement program today with a “Hope Restored” spot replacing the
current movie spot. They’re taking this step whether or not the movie spot is indeed problematic for non-comms,. The replacement program will be uploaded and pushed out by the top of the hour (12:00NN Eastern). If you’re a non-comm, you may want to re-transfer
the file for later airings today via Amb-OS or the FOF FTP site.
This happened as a result of a couple a couple processes being by-passed by unknowing, but well-intentioned folks in the chain. The team at Focus is
reeducating everyone to make sure something like this doesn’t occur again. Thank you for your partnership!
With our apologies,
From: Alan Kilgore [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:58 AM
Subject: [CRTech] Focus on the Family program has a commercial ad attached
I've noticed that the last couple days that there is a commercial ad for the movie "I Can Only Imagine" tagged to the end of the Focus on the Family program feed after it sounds like
the program has ended. I have no idea how long this has been going on.
It sounds like a great movie and I plan to see it. I have no problem with Focus telling of reasons they recommend the program so that it is informational and/or educational. But
the movie is owned by a normal, domestic (for-profit) corporation (I downloaded the Articles of Incorporation to be certain). The Focus program pays to be aired on our station. The Focus program and the commercial together compose the full 28:39 program length
for the Focus program.
§73.503(d) states, in part: " No promotional announcement on behalf of for profit entities shall be broadcast at any time in exchange for the receipt, in whole or in part, of consideration to the licensee, its principals, or employees."
Late yesterday afternoon I notified Ambassador who in turn notified Focus. This morning our Program Director initiated a call to Focus but has not yet been able to speak to the
correct person. Since the program for today includes an ad I thought some other stations might want a heads-up about this issue so that they can decide for themselves how they might react.
Alan Kilgore, CPBE
WRVM Chief Engineer
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