Violation Tracker Industry Summary Page

Industry: 
media
Penalty Total since 2000: 
$549,740,535
Number of Records: 
240
Note: 
The totals include only those entries matched to a parent company. The industry designation is the primary one for the parent's operations overall. The totals are adjusted to account for the fact that each parent's entries may include both agency records and settlement announcements for the same case; or else a penalty covering multiple locations may be listed in the individual records for each of the facilities. They are also adjusted to reflect cases in which federal and state or local agencies cooperated and issued separate announcements of the outcome. Duplicate or overlapping penalty amounts are marked with an asterisk in the individual records list below.

Top 10 Parent CompaniesTotal Penalty $Number of Records
Bertelsmann$90,105,8005
Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.$81,273,24717
Sinclair Broadcast Group$70,920,3217
RELX Group$55,011,79912
Paramount Global$54,252,42522
Fox Corporation$31,000,0003
Tribune Media$31,000,0001
Hearst$29,271,99510
Digital First Media$22,820,54112
News Corp.$22,560,4828


Individual Penalty Records:

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Company Parent Primary Offense Type Year Agency Penalty Amountsort icon
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Bertelsmann price-fixing or anti-competitive practices 2014 MULTI-AG $90,000,000
CNN Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. labor relations violation 2020 NLRB $76,000,000
Sinclair Broadcasting Group Sinclair Broadcast Group telecommunications violation 2020 FCC $48,000,000
Tribune Company Tribune Media benefit plan administrator violation 2012 private lawsuit-federal $31,000,000
HarperCollins Publishers LLC News Corp. price-fixing or anti-competitive practices 2013 MULTI-AG $22,471,666
Freedom Communications dba Orange County Register Digital First Media wage and hour violation 2009 private lawsuit-state $22,000,000
Simon and Schuster Inc. Paramount Global price-fixing or anti-competitive practices 2013 MULTI-AG $20,641,666
21st Century Fox Fox Corporation employment discrimination 2016 private lawsuit-state $20,000,000
Hearst Corporation Hearst consumer protection violation 2001 FTC $19,000,000
ChoicePoint, Inc. RELX Group privacy violation 2006 FTC $15,000,000
LexisNexis Risk & Information Analytics Group, Inc. RELX Group Fair Credit Reporting Act violation 2014 private lawsuit-federal $13,500,000
Sinclair Broadcast Group Sinclair Broadcast Group telecommunications violation 2017 FCC $13,376,200
21st Century Fox Fox Corporation employment discrimination 2018 private lawsuit-federal $10,000,000
CBS Corporation Paramount Global wage and hour violation 2019 private lawsuit-federal $9,977,502
LexisNexis Coplogic Solutions Inc. RELX Group False Claims Act and related 2020 FL-AG $9,880,000
Sinclair Broadcast Group Sinclair Broadcast Group telecommunications violation 2016 FCC $9,495,000
CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Paramount Global employment discrimination 2000 EEOC $8,000,000
ChoicePoint Inc. RELX Group employment screening violation 2009 private lawsuit-federal $6,890,000
Viacom Paramount Global wage and hour violation 2016 private lawsuit-federal $6,202,500
Conde Nast Advance Publications wage and hour violation 2015 private lawsuit-federal $5,850,000
LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc. RELX Group False Claims Act and related 2019 MULTI-AG $5,800,000
Hearst Corporation Hearst investor protection violation 2001 FTC $4,000,000
Hearst Corp. Hearst investor protection violation 2001 DOJ_ANTITRUST $4,000,000
Entercom Communications Audacy Inc. telecommunications violation 2007 FCC $4,000,000
Sirius Radio Inc. Liberty Media consumer protection violation 2014 MULTI-AG $3,800,000
Clear Channel Communications iHeartMedia telecommunications violation 2007 FCC $3,500,000
Viacom Inc. Paramount Global telecommunications violation 2004 FCC $3,500,000
Entercom Communications Audacy Inc. consumer protection violation 2006 NY-AG $3,500,000
ViacomCBS Inc. Paramount Global telecommunications violation 2021 FCC $3,500,000
Cox Communications California, LLC Cox Enterprises environmental violation 2018 CA-AG $3,318,700
Lee Publications Lee Enterprises wage and hour violation 2015 private lawsuit-federal $3,200,000
CBS Radio Audacy Inc. telecommunications violation 2007 FCC $3,000,000
Belo Corp. DallasNews Corporation wage and hour violation 2011 private lawsuit-state $2,500,000
Citadel Broadcasting Cumulus Media telecommunications violation 2007 FCC $2,000,000
CBS Radio Audacy Inc. consumer protection violation 2006 NY-AG $2,000,000
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Interference, Inc. Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. consumer protection violation 2007 MA-AG $2,000,000
Cox Communications Cox Enterprises utility safety violation 2010 CA-PUC $2,000,000
Cox Enterprises Inc. Cox Enterprises benefit plan administrator violation 2014 EBSA $1,986,918
Clear Channel Communications iHeartMedia telecommunications violation 2004 FCC $1,750,000
Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse Partnership Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. wage and hour violation 2013 private lawsuit-federal $1,632,883
Kaplan Higher Education, LLC Graham Holdings consumer protection violation 2015 MA-AG $1,375,000
LexisNexis Screening Solutions, Inc. RELX Group employment screening violation 2013 private lawsuit-federal $1,342,500
Kaplan Higher Education Graham Holdings False Claims Act and related 2015 USAO $1,300,000
Rodale, Inc. Hearst consumer protection violation 2010 FL-AG $1,300,000
Sirius XM Radio Liberty Media wage and hour violation 2016 private lawsuit-federal $1,297,350
LexisNexis Risk Solutions RELX Group employment discrimination 2017 OFCCP $1,245,000
Scripps Broadcasting Holdings E.W. Scripps telecommunications violation 2019 FCC $1,130,000
Viacom Paramount Global telecommunications violation 2015 FCC $1,120,000
iHeart Communications Inc. iHeartMedia telecommunications violation 2015 FCC $1,000,000
Univision Radio TelevisaUnivision Inc. telecommunications violation 2010 FCC $1,000,000
Kaplan Inc. Graham Holdings wage and hour violation 2013 private lawsuit-federal $1,000,000
Fox News Networks Fox Corporation employment discrimination 2021 NY-NYCCHR $1,000,000
Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse Partnership Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. wage and hour violation 2014 private lawsuit-federal $995,000
Hearst Corporation Hearst consumer protection violation 2005 MULTI-AG $925,000
Cumulus Media Cumulus Media wage and hour violation 2012 private lawsuit-federal $923,133
Clear Channel Communications iHeartMedia telecommunications violation 2004 FCC $755,000
Scholastic Inc. Scholastic Corp. consumer protection violation 2005 FTC $710,000
Chicago Tribune Company Digital First Media wage and hour violation 2013 private lawsuit-federal $660,000
DAYTON NEWSPAPERS, INC. D/B/A COX OHIO PUBLISHING Cox Enterprises labor relations violation 2006 NLRB $599,537
Cox Communications Cox Enterprises telecommunications violation 2015 FCC $595,000
Viacom Paramount Global telecommunications violation 2004 FCC $550,000
Cumulus Media Cumulus Media telecommunications violation 2016 FCC $540,000
Careerbuilder.com Tegna wage and hour violation 2006 WHD $524,216
Careerbuilder, LLC Tegna wage and hour violation 2004 WHD $522,224
Univision Services Inc. TelevisaUnivision Inc. fraud 2010 DOJ_CRIMINAL $500,000
ChoicePoint RELX Group privacy violation 2007 MULTI-AG $500,000
Detroit Newspapers f/k/a Detroit Newspaper Agency Gannett labor relations violation 2007 NLRB $369,981
Infinity Broadcasting Audacy Inc. telecommunications violation 2003 FCC $357,500
Cox California Telecom LLC Cox Enterprises utility administrative violation 2020 CA-PUC $303,182
Emmis Communications Emmis Communications telecommunications violation 2004 FCC $300,000
Reed Elsevier, Inc. RELX Group wage and hour violation 2007 WHD $292,379
Elsevier, Inc. RELX Group wage and hour violation 2007 WHD $281,920
Matthew Bender and Company, Inc. and Reed Elsevier, Inc. RELX Group consumer protection violation 2009 FL-AG $275,000
CBS Broadcasting Inc. Paramount Global telecommunications violation 2019 FCC $272,000
Time Warner Entertainment Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. employment discrimination 2000 private lawsuit-federal $244,500
Cumulus Media Cumulus Media telecommunications violation 2019 FCC $233,000
Cumulus Radio LLC Cumulus Media telecommunications violation 2021 FCC $233,000
Detroit Newspapers f/k/a Detroit Newspaper Agency Gannett labor relations violation 2007 NLRB $226,772
Entercom Communications Audacy Inc. telecommunications violation 2004 FCC $220,000
CBS Stations Group of Texas Paramount Global employment discrimination 2020 EEOC $215,000
Turner Broadcasting Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. telecommunications violation 2014 FCC $200,000
Detroit Newspapers f/k/a Detroit Newspaper Agency Gannett labor relations violation 2007 NLRB $157,615
O'Reilly Media, Inc. O'Reilly Media wage and hour violation 2011 WHD $150,233
Metro Networks Communications, Inc. and Westwood One, Inc. iHeartMedia employment discrimination 2003 EEOC $150,000
Westwood One Broadcast Services, Inc. d/b/a Metro Networks, Inc. Cumulus Media labor relations violation 2000 NLRB $130,000
Clear Channel d/b/a Capstar iHeartMedia labor relations violation 2004 NLRB $125,394
Journal Broadcast Corporation E.W. Scripps telecommunications violation 2014 FCC $115,000
CBS Studio Center Paramount Global labor relations violation 2010 NLRB $100,000
WKYC-TV, Inc. Tegna labor relations violation 2003 NLRB $100,000
Metro Networks iHeartMedia labor relations violation 2003 NLRB $94,368
Scholastic at Home Inc. Scholastic Corp. consumer protection violation 2004 MO-AG $90,000
ARVATO DIGITAL SERVICES, LLC Bertelsmann workplace safety or health violation 2014 OSHA $86,800
North American Midway Entertainment Southeast Townsquare Media wage and hour violation 2015 MA-AG $80,617
Detroit Newspapers f/k/a Detroit Newspaper Agency Gannett labor relations violation 2007 NLRB $78,034
Gannett Kentucky L.P. Gannett environmental violation 2005 KY-LMAPCD $75,000
Paramount Pictures Paramount Global wage and hour violation 2017 private lawsuit-federal $71,542
Des Moines Register and Tribune Gannett labor relations violation 2007 NLRB $71,001
Cox Com. Inc. d/b/a Cox Communications Oklahoma City Cox Enterprises labor relations violation 2005 NLRB $70,000
CoxCom, Inc. Cox Enterprises wage and hour violation 2007 WHD $69,868
Discovery Inc. Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. telecommunications violation 2019 FCC $68,000
TEGNA Tegna telecommunications violation 2017 FCC $55,000
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