ERIC Number: ED192362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Broadcast Regulation and the First Amendment. Journalism Monographs No. 70.
Silber, Jerome S.
This monograph traces the themes in various court decisions that reflect a growing respect for the broadcast industry as a mature communication medium which, despite federal regulation, deserves a fuller measure of the First Amendment protection enjoyed by other media. The review begins with the first government involvement in broadcast content in 1929 when the Federal Radio Commission--predecessor of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)--moved beyond technical supervision to setting programing standards for licensees. The review continues through the 1960s, when broadcast regulation gained broader scope under the Supreme Court, up to the present, when the FCC and the Supreme Court seem to be lessening their involvement in any form of broadcast content. The affirmative interpretation of the First Amendment, "the fairness doctrine," the landmark "Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC" decision, the "CBS v. DNC (Democratic National Committee)" decision that replaced "Red Lion" as the leading precedent in broadcast regulation, and the "family hour" viewing decisions are among the issues discussed in depth. (AEA)
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Court Litigation, Federal Regulation, Freedom of Speech, Institutional Autonomy, Mass Media
AEJ Publications Manager, William Allen White School of Journalism, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Education in Journalism.
Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission; First Amendment