Public Interest Obligations of Broadcasters

The subcommittee heard testimony on S. 217, the Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1991, which would reinstate the fairness doctrine in… read more

The subcommittee heard testimony on S. 217, the Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1991, which would reinstate the fairness doctrine in broadcasting repealed in 1987. The fairness doctrine, along with the equal time rule, mandated that radio and television broadcasters present issues of public importance in a balanced manner, on the grounds that broadcasters are granted licenses to broadcast material “in the public interest.” Witnesses testified on the obligations of broadcasters to carry public interest programming, including channels with a home shopping format. Mr. Sikes opposed the reinstatement of the fairness doctrine on the grounds that broadcasters would be more likely to present only less controversial issues if forced to provide equal amounts of time for all viewpoints. He cited statistics stating great increases in the amount of public affairs programming since the repeal of the fairness doctrine. He said “must carry” rules, which would make broadcast stations carry public interest programming presenting a balance of views, would in his opinion be found unconstitutional. close

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Program ID:
18526-1
Category:
Senate Committee
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jun 20, 1991
Last Aired:
Jun 23, 1991

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  • Jun 20, 1991 | 9:03pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 21, 1991 | 1:59am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 21, 1991 | 6:08am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 22, 1991 | 10:28am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 23, 1991 | 2:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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