Monday, February 25, 2008
FCC Regulation of the Radio
On February 28th, I will be giving a presentation on the ownership of the airwaves, FCC regulations, and how these regulations influence the public; which relates to Ch. 6-Radio of Media Now. First I will discuss the FCC as a regulatory agency and its definitions of obscene and indecent content. I will also examine the FCC's rules about ownership, touching on concentration of ownership, cross-ownership, and group owners; with a focus on Clear Channel- the leading group owner in the United States. To get a closer look at indecency as a broadcasting issue, we will look at the individual cases of Janet Jackson, Howard Stern, Todd Clem, and George Carlin. Through these cases I will touch on regulation violations and responsible broadcasting, which includes broadcast delay, tighter regulations, and safe harbor hours. For more information on the FCC please visit their website at http://www.fcc.gov/.