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ERIC Number: ED071135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 15
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Political Broadcasting on Public Radio and Television Stations: First Amendment Implications.
Muchnik, Melvyn M.
The author discusses the legal and extra-legal restrictions placed on public broadcasting stations, with respect to dissemination of political information. Although public broadcasting systems presumably exist as an alternative medium free of the commercial and time pressures that commercial stations face, the author claims that restrictions on the public media hinder their activities, particularly with respect to the furnishing of political information. He cites studies that reveal extra-legal constrictions on public broadcasters, such as: (1) the lack of a permanent financing plan, (2) the lack of hope that sufficient funds will be provided, (3) the background of those involved in public broadcasting, (4) varied views on the mission of public broadcasting, and (5) the small size of the public broadcasting audience. He examines two matters of concern to public broadcasters: first, the attempt by the state of Maine to ban programs of a political nature from a university station, and second, current problems in obtaining sufficient funds from federal sources. (Author/RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)