Presentation on theme: "1. 2 1927 Radio Act Creates Federal Radio Commission New Language: Licenses will be granted if public convenience, interest, and necessity will be served."— Presentation transcript:
Radio Act Creates Federal Radio Commission New Language: Licenses will be granted if public convenience, interest, and necessity will be served thereby… Instills principle of Localism
Federal Communications Act Creates Federal Communications Commission New Language: Licensees must operate in the public interest, convenience, and necessity… Retains principle of localism
4 The Press Broadcasting Public Utilities A Regulatory Framework Equal-Time Rule: If a news orgn provides access to a political viewpoint, it must provide equal time to opposing viewpoints.
5 Television is just another appliance. It's a toaster with pictures. Let the people decide through the marketplace mechanisms what they wish to see and hear. Why is there this national obsession to tamper with this box of transistors and tubes when we don't do the same for Time magazine?" --Mark Fowler, FCC Chairman, 1981 Politics
Telecommunications Act Broadcast ownership restrictions lifted Terms of Licenses extended to 8 years Allows cross-media ownership Gives away digital spectrum