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Colby, Pamela A. – 1993
From 1969 to 1993 the definition of program length commercials has not been consistent. The FCC's first involvement with program length commercials was in 1969 when "Hot Wheels," a cartoon based on Mattel Corporation's Hot Wheels cars, was alleged to be nothing more than a 30 minute commercial. The FCC made no formal ruling but did…
Descriptors: Childrens Television, Commercial Television, Federal Regulation, Government Role
Glasser, Theodore L. – 1983
That competition in broadcasting may not bring about sufficiently heterogeneous programing has long been the subject of debate among policymakers, and nowhere has that debate been more acrimonious than in its application to the diversification of radio formats. While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prefers to leave questions of…
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Competition, Court Litigation, Federal Courts
Driscoll, Paul D. – 1989
This paper examines the government's authority to regulate indecent broadcasts, beginning with a historical overview of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) involvement with broadcast indecency and its application in case law. First Amendment considerations are discussed and some suggestions are made regarding how the Commission should…
Descriptors: Audience Response, Censorship, Court Litigation, Federal Government
Simon, Todd; And Others – 1988
The history of the Federal Communications Commission's content regulation of broadcasting is a history of policymaking in a vacuum. A review of the literature reveals that no one has yet attempted to show whether the Fairness Doctrine results in poorer or better broadcast journalism. To remedy this, content regulation should be explored from…
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Broadcast Television, Federal Regulation, Mass Media Effects