Regulation of radio and television

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Regulation of radio and television Practically from its inception, the broadcast media has been subject to regulation.  During the early days of radio, stations operated on the same frequencies and often  jammed each other's signals. The Federal Radio Act (1927) set up licensing procedures  to allocate frequencies under the premise that the airwaves belong to the public. The  current regulatory framework was established by the 1934 Federal Communications Act,  which established the  Federal Communications Commission (FCC).   The FCC regulates the industry in several ways. It limits the number of radio and  television stations a company can own, has rules governing public service and local  programming, and reviews station operations as part of licensing process. Under the 
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Unformatted text preview: equal time rule, stations are required to give all candidates for political office access to airtime on the same terms. The fairness doctrine obligated broadcasters to present conflicting points of view on important public issues, but the FCC abolished the doctrine in 1987 with the support of President Ronald Reagan for two reasons: 1) it was considered a violation of freedom of the press, and 2) competition in the broadcast media ensured diversity of opinion. In recent years, the FCC levied significant fines on broadcasters for profanity and indecency. Attempts by the Congress to regulate the content of the Internet have not passed Supreme Court review....
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  • Spring '08
  • aRNOLD
  • Federal Communications Commission, current regulatory framework, Federal Radio Act, Federal Communications Act, Federal Communications, equal time rule

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