ERIC Number: ED047532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-17
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Formulation of Rules and Policies Relating to the Renewal of Broadcast Licenses.
Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.
A significant increase in the number of petitions to deny broadcast license renewal applications has led the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reexamine its license renewal procedures. This notice of inquiry and proposed rule making sets out proposed changes in and additions to renewal procedures designed to ensure that a licensee will remain responsive to community problems throughout the license period and that a licensee will make this responsibility known to the public. Other changes would compel the licensee to encourage the public to comment during the license period on the station's operation and to resolve programming problems at a local level. The amended FCC rules would also provide for a longer period of time to petition against license renewal, to reply to such a petition, and to comment on the reply. The extent to which a petitioner attempted to communicate his complaints to the licensee during the license period would be a criterion in evaluating petitions to deny renewal. Another provision would require the licensee to provide statistical data each year to the FCC concerning the station's operation in the field of community programming. (JY)
Descriptors: Administrative Agencies, Agency Role, Broadcast Industry, Broadcast Television, Commercial Television, Community Influence, Community Involvement, Educational Television, Federal Legislation, Legal Responsibility, Radio, Television
Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20554 (Docket No. 19153; FCC 71-156, Free)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.