ERIC Number: ED060665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-22
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Statement Before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications.
There is no longer a question of whether something should be done about the impact of televised violence on children; the questions before us are what should be done, and by whom. Thus, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is engaged in an intensive self-education effort to study the economics of the television industry, and the legal and Constitutional implications of possible rule makings. Further, the FCC plans public panel discussions and oral argument before the Commission which will address every facet of our broadcasting system, especially its capability for serving young viewers. The FCC believes that the response of the broadcasting industry to the Surgeon General's report should be immediate, and should include the reduction of all gratuitous violence in children's programming and the creation of new and diversified programming designed to open the eyes and expand the minds of children. At least on paper, the Television Code of the National Association of Broadcasters makes many relevant points. To implement the need for new programming, cooperation and consultation among the networks, broadcasters, and advertisers will be required. Although the FCC cannot make fundamental programming judgments, we can help to create a climate for the responsible, cooperative effort that is clearly called for. (SH)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.