ERIC Number: ED192413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The First Amendment in a Changing Communications World.
Ferris, Charles D.
In this address, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reviews commitments he made as he took office and presents some of his views on the broadcasting industry, government regulation, and the overall communications environment. He reiterates his opposition to program censorship and notes that the FCC has been successful in preventing control of speech on radio and television. He notes that a policy of zero-based regulation has been followed by eliminating third class license testing requirements, changing first class operators' job requirements, eliminating hundreds of regulations, and developing a new approach to all renewals. Children's programing is an area in which the chairman feels that the marketplace has failed to provide adequate programing and in which the FCC may reduce barriers to alternative media that want to enter the marketplace with specialized services. He notes the changing world of communication and predicts that existing stations will adapt to new markets, new technologies, and innovations in broadcasting with the same skill that radio adapted to television during the last few decades. Believing that changes in regulatory policies are inevitable, he urges broadcasters not to resist new services, new entry, and new market conditions. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Broadcasters (58th, Las Vegas, NV, April 1980).