ERIC Number: ED319519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Television Act of 1989. Senate Report together with Minority Views of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on S. 1992. One Hundred First Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
For this document the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation reports favorably on the Children's Television Act of 1989 and recommends that it be passed. The aims of the legislation are to increase the amount of educational and informational television programming available to children and to protect children from overcommercialization of programming. The bill: (1) establishes limits on the amount of time that can be devoted to commercials during a children's program; (2) requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to consider at the time of license renewal whether the licensee has provided programming designed to meet educational and informational needs of preschool and school-age children; and (3) requires the FCC to complete an inquiry concerning program-length commercials and to scrutinize more closely and expeditiously complaints about program-length commercials. Contents of this report concern the relation of children's television to the FCC and to commercialization practices, findings concerning children's television, the constitutionality of the legislation, license renewal, and other topics. A section-by-section analysis lists findings of Congress concerning children and television, and discusses standards for children's television programming, broadcast license renewal, and program-length commercials. Changes in the law and minority views are reported. (RH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.