ERIC Number: ED051661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Guide to Citizen Action in Radio and TV.
Prowitt, Marsha O'Bannon
The Federal Communications Act of 1934 states that broadcast stations must operate "in the public interest, convenience, and necessity." Seeing that they do so is largely the responsibility of citizen groups. The purpose of this guide is to show how to counter broadcaster violations concerning extremist propaganda, commercials, personal attacks on individuals and groups, lack of public affairs or news programming, inadequate childrens' programming, bias in news programming, and discrimination in programming and employment. Federal standards for programming and performance are described. Then, the means by which citizens may determine if their broadcasting stations are violating these standards and action that can be taken in such cases are discussed. Non-legal action includes complaints or suggestions to the stations, organized letter-writing and public relations campaigns, and organized negotiations with the stations. Legal action includes a petition to deny the station renewal of its license. (JK)
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Broadcast Television, Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Civil Liberties, Commercial Television, Community Action, Community Role, Employment Practices, Federal Legislation, Freedom of Speech, Programing (Broadcast), Public Television, Racial Discrimination, Radio, Social Action, Television
Office of Communication, United Church of Christ, 289 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10010 (Free; in bulk 15J)
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Authoring Institution: United Church of Christ, New York, NY.