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Public Records Requests

Ohio law requires state and local agencies to make public records available for review and copying. Pursuant to section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC) will fulfill any request made according to the guidelines below.

The ORC also lists certain public records that do not have to be disclosed. These exemptions are intended to prevent unreasonable invasions of personal privacy or the use of public records for personal or commercial gain.

Public records requested must be identifiable--in other words, your public records request must include a reasonable description that would allow a BEMC employee to locate the records. A general question is not a public records request.

Records may be reviewed by the public on business days, Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost for records:

  • No charge for email electronic copies;
  • 5¢ per printed page;
  • $1.00 per disc for documents downloaded on disc, upon request; and
  • Reimbursement of mailing costs.

To make a public records request, please submit the following information:

  • Full name
  • Valid E-mail address
  • Valid Phone Number
  • Valid Street Address
  • List of records requested
  • Date range of records requested
  • Names and email addresses of pertinent individuals (if requesting email correspondence)

Please allow up to ten business days for your request to be fulfilled.

BY EMAIL: Use our "Contact Us" form.

BY POST: Mail your request to:

Broadcast Educational Media Commission
Public Records Office
2470 North Star Road
Columbus, OH 43221

Public Records Retention

BEMC recognizes the need for orderly management and retrieval of all official records and documented records retention and destruction schedule congruent with all state and federal laws and related regulations. All public records (paper, microfilm, electronic, or any other media) will be retained for the minimum periods stated in the State of Ohio's Records Retention Schedule [https://apps.das.ohio.gov/RIMS/GeneralSchedule].