ERIC Number: ED056475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
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Television Today: The End of Communication and the Death of Community.
Stavins, Ralph L., Ed.
Over the years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has developed numerous criteria a licensee is obligated to comply with in order to secure or preserve his license. This empirical study, statistical in nature, limits itself to an examination of two of these criteria: first, the mandatory survey of local leaders to ascertain the needs and interests of the local community; and second, a statistical history of the performance of a licensee, measured against his earlier promise. In the report of the study a set of five articles provides a theoretical examination of television in general. The quantitative research on the television stations of the Mid-Atlantic region is then presented. A verbatim transcription of a Black teenage conference and an edited account of interviews conducted with Black leaders in the District of Columbia are offered in an effort to uncover the needs and interests of Black people in an urban area where they constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. Documents relevant to the task of challenging a license are appended: the FCC public notice requiring a survey, the Camden decision interpreting the meaning of a survey, the Kord decision on the gap between promise and performance, and the Red Lion decision which underscores the implications of television as a scarce resource. (Author/JY)
Descriptors: Black Community, Broadcast Industry, Business Responsibility, Commercial Television, Community Influence, Community Leaders, Court Litigation, Federal Legislation, Television, Television Surveys
The Communication Service Corporation, 1333 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($9.95, paperback, $6.50)
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Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission; United States (Mid Atlantic States)