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Informal complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the television show ‘Saturday Night Live,’ 2008-2012

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FOIA Request Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, S.W., Room 1-A836 Washington, D.C. 20554 Email: [email protected] Fax: 202-418-0521 Online Electronic FOIA (E-FOIA) Request Form

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Federal Communications Commission Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Washington, D.C. 20554

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January 14, 2013

FOIA No. 2013-099

This letter responds to your recent Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request received by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) and assigned to the Consumer & Governmental Affairs ("COB") and Enforcement ("EB") Bureaus. You request seeks copies "of all informal complaints received at the FCC regarding the television series: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE [b]etween January 2003 and the present." Mike Hennigan of my staff contacted you on January 4, 2013, via email to discuss your request. Mr. Hennigan advised you that the fees to process your request would exceed the maximum amount you were willing to pay. Subsequently, you agreed to narrow the scope of your request to encompass only the responsive documents located in COB's databases from 2008 to present. Therefore, EB was removed from this request. Our search revealed 198 documents that are responsive to your request, which are enclosed. Mike Hennigan of my staff redacted all personal identifying information relating to the individuals who submitted or are named in the enclosed complaints or inquiries based on Exemption 6 of FOIA, which permits agencies not to disclose files that would clearly invade personal privacy. 1 Mr. Hennigan also redacted some FCC employee names based on Exemption 2 of FOIA, which permits agencies not to disclose internal personnel rules and practices. 2 Please be advised that the Commission receives many complaints and comments that do not involve violations of the Communications Act or any FCC rule or order. Thus, the existence of a complaint filed against a particular carrier or business entity does not necessarily indicate any wrongdoing by any individuals or business entities named in the complaint. FOIA and FCC rules require the FCC to charge requesters for time spent searching for and reviewing responsive documents, and for copying them. 3 Based on your classification as an "all other" requester, the FCC does not charge you for the first two


5 U.S.C. § 552 (b)(6); see also 47 C.F.R. § 0.457(t). 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(2); see also 47 C.F.R. § 0.457(b). 3 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(i); 47 C.F.R. § 0.470.


hours of search time and the first 100 pages of copying. 4 However, there are minimal fees accrued in t