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The FCC and You

| March 7, 2012

By Steven J. J. Weisman
Legal Editor 

BOSTON – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the federal agency that regulates the radio, television, wire, satellite and cable industries.  Although we are all cognizant of this organization, most broadcasters are not as knowledgeable about the FCC as they should be and with this agency’s power to order significant fines as well as even revoke a broadcasting license, it is imperative that all broadcasters be more familiar with what the FCC is and how it operates.  This article is the first of a series of articles as an abridgement of an ebook I have written that describes in great detail what you need to know to broadcast safely and efficiently in today’s regulatory environment. In future installments, I will discuss:

  1.  The FCC’s rules on programming including: obscenity, indecency, broadcast of telephone conversations, parodies, libel and hoaxes;
  2. The FCC’s complaint procedure;
  3. The FCC’s rules on advertising which is a most important topic today;
  4. The FCC’s rules on political advertising, particularly in the light of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Citizens United case;
  5. The FCC’s rules on payola, plugging and kickbacks; and
  6. The FCC’s rules on time brokerage and barter agreements.

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