ERIC Number: ED100375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan-8
Reference Count: N/A
Before the Federal Communications Commission in Re Applications of Alabama Educational Television Commission.
Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.
Arguments on the application of the Alabama Educational Television Commission (AETC) for license renewal of eight educational television stations were heard before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Individuals from Black Efforts for Soul on Television and the National Association of Black Media Producers opposed the renewals, claiming that programing offered by AETC did not serve the needs of Alabama's minority population. The commission found the licensee had under-represented blacks at both production and planning levels, and excluded most black-oriented programing available from other sources. The AETC disclaimed responsibility for programing decisions of contract stations and maintained it had been unaware of discriminatory policies. The FCC held the AETC accountable, and though noting improvements since the end of the license term, denied renewal on the basis of performance during the term. The AETC was granted interim authority to continue station operation, until new applications could be processed. Dissenting opinions are included. (KC)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Audiences, Broadcast Television, Civil Rights Legislation, Community Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Educational Television, Federal Legislation, Intercultural Programs, Legal Responsibility, Mass Media, Minority Group Influences, Minority Groups, Opinions, Program Content, Program Development, Programing (Broadcast), Public Television, Racial Attitudes, Racial Discrimination
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.