Survival of the Standard: Today's Public Interest Requirement in Television Broadcasting and the Return to Regulation

26 Pages Posted: 25 May 2015

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Drew Simshaw

Gonzaga University School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2012

Abstract

The notion that broadcasters must broadcast in the public interest has always been a requirement; exactly how this requirement is met has taken many forms. This Note examines the history of the public interest requirement in broadcasting — from vagueness to regulation to good faith and presumptions of compliance — and considers the appropriate direction for the public interest requirement’s future. The deregulation of the 1980s served a valuable purpose at the time by lifting burdens and sparking innovation. It is time to examine those innovative methods of ascertaining the needs of our communities and providing desired programming, in order to determine ways in which we can increase the accountability of individual stations and improve their communication with the public. We find ourselves at a place in history where it is necessary to implement certain sensible regulations in order to ensure the preservation of the public interest standard.

Keywords: FCC, public interest standard, broadcast, television

Suggested Citation

Simshaw, Drew, Survival of the Standard: Today's Public Interest Requirement in Television Broadcasting and the Return to Regulation (March 1, 2012). Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 64, No. 2, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607624

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