Duquesne Law Review


Jerry V. Haines


The recent Federal Communications Commission deregulation of many aspects of radio station programming raises the recurrent issue of how intensively the FCC should regulate the programming of its broadcast licensees. The author summarizes the historical development of the Commission's programming authority, the factors which have encouraged the Commission to change its stance regarding informational programming, and the probability of impediments to the deregulation. The landmark Red Lion case is the most formidable legal barrier, he concludes, but there also are pragmatic, statutory, and philosophical considerations that should be examined.

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