ERIC Number: ED082483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug-10
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Broadcasting in America; The Performance of Network Afficiates in the Top 50 Markets.
Federal Communications Commission Reports, v42 (2d Series) N1 August 10, 1973
This report represents the final attempt by outgoing Commissioner Nicholas Johnson to draw attention to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) automatic renewal of licensees guilty of substandard performance. The report analyzes the performance of network affiliates in the top 50 television markets with respect to programing, female and minority employment, and ownership. It seeks to demonstrate the kind of analysis which can be made, to develop minimum standards, and to design an alternative to government regulation by using public disclosure of information to spur the industry to improve its performance and to motivate the public to challenge substandard licensees. The analyses of performance are based upon public data supplied by licensees to the FCC; in three separate chapters criteria on programing, employment, and ownership are developed from inspections of the data and the stations are rank-ordered according to their performance. A fourth chapter discusses what citizens can do to improve television in their community. Six appendixes and 17 tables provide detailed data on approximately 150 stations. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States