ERIC Number: ED244266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Ignominious Death of FCC Docket 19142: Ending the Crusade for Children's Television.
McGregor, Michael A.
On December 22, 1983, the Federal Communications Commission formally ended its consideration of rule making for children's television programing. Opponents of government regulation view the FCC's decision as a victory for the First Amendment freedoms of speech and the press; proponents of mandatory children's programing guidelines feel that the FCC has mortgaged the nation's youth in favor of marketplace economics and media lucre. In reaching its decision, the FCC criticized the failure of the children's task force to consider the growth in raw numbers of commercial television stations and the increased receivability of television signals, nonbroadcast sources of children's programing, cable programing, and the availability of "family" entertainment on commercial broadcast stations. Despite contradictory evidence, the FCC concluded that the task force studies did not support a case for increased regulatory concern or involvement in the area of children's television. Clearly the FCC felt strongly that continuing oversight of individual licensee programing for children was wrongheaded. However, by relying on misrepresentations and questionable legal logic, the Commission has invited a court challenge. (HOD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Action for Childrens Television; Federal Communications Commission
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).