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Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 11:19 AM
FCC Commissioner Wants to Test the 'Public Value' of Every Broadcast Station

Friday, December 03, 2010
By Susan Jones

FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps joined the FCC on May 31, 2001 and was sworn in for his second term in December 2005. (Photo from FCC Website)

(CNSNews.com) - American journalism is in "grave peril," FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says, and to bolster "traditional media," he said the Federal Communications Commission should conduct a "public value test" of every commercial broadcast station at relicensing time.

In a speech at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York on Thursday, Copps also said station relicensing should happen every four years instead of the current eight.

"If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the people’s airwaves," Copps said. "If not, it goes on probation for a year, renewable for an additional year if it demonstrates measurable progress. If the station fails again, give the license to someone who will use it to serve the public interest."

Ever since Barack Obama became president, prominent conservatives have warned about liberal efforts to squelch conservative and Christian talk-radio.

Although Copps has said the FCC will not reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, his prescription for "testing" commercial broadcast stations (see below) will alarm defenders of free speech and free enterprise.

More at the link.

CNS (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/fcc-commissioner-wants-test-public-value)

Jfor
12-03-2010, 11:28 AM
Sounds like Fairness Doctrine to me.

marv
12-03-2010, 11:50 AM
When a seller has a shitty product that doesn't sell, they simply repaint it, rebrand it and put it back on the shelf. It's still the same shitty product.

This IS the "Fairness Doctrine".............

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 12:01 PM
How would this apply to Hip Hop and Spanish stations? How would it apply to anything, really? I listen to AM when I'm driving or doing yard work or something, I listen to XM for music. The radio is the last place I'd go for news or information in an emergency unless the entire Internet was destroyed. Even then, I'd go to TV news before radio or print.

These people need to stagger out of 1941. :rolleyes:

Apache
12-03-2010, 12:05 PM
"If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the people’s airwaves,"

Communist much?:rolleyes:

noonwitch
12-03-2010, 01:42 PM
How would this apply to Hip Hop and Spanish stations? How would it apply to anything, really? I listen to AM when I'm driving or doing yard work or something, I listen to XM for music. The radio is the last place I'd go for news or information in an emergency unless the entire Internet was destroyed. Even then, I'd go to TV news before radio or print.

These people need to stagger out of 1941. :rolleyes:


He can talk about this all he wants, but he won't be able to make it policy because it violates the first amendment.

lacarnut
12-03-2010, 01:55 PM
He can talk about this all he wants, but he won't be able to make it policy because it violates the first amendment.

That will not stop this gestapo anti-American prick from trying.

KhrushchevsShoe
12-03-2010, 02:31 PM
I'd say National Geographic, AMC and ESPN provide some public benefit. Other than that, this guy is gonna have to probate basically everything.

So, where do I sign up?

I forgot Cartoon Network--gotta do something when you take a night to yourself to get absolutely stoned to hell.

AmPat
12-03-2010, 02:35 PM
Public value? OK.

That "value" is already measured by ratings. Given that standard, FOX news will stand alone on TV and Conservative talk radio will be the only talk radio left standing.

AmPat
12-03-2010, 02:36 PM
He can talk about this all he wants, but he won't be able to make it policy because it violates the first amendment.

The Constitution hasn't stop this administration yet.

KhrushchevsShoe
12-03-2010, 02:37 PM
The Constitution hasn't stop this administration yet.

Because it hasn't had to?

Jfor
12-03-2010, 03:07 PM
He can talk about this all he wants, but he won't be able to make it policy because it violates the first amendment.

Do you feel the same way about 2nd Amendment?

Jfor
12-03-2010, 03:08 PM
Because it hasn't had to?

You mean like the 10th Amendment that this administration ignores?

NJCardFan
12-03-2010, 03:10 PM
I'd say National Geographic, AMC and ESPN provide some public benefit. Other than that, this guy is gonna have to probate basically everything.

So, where do I sign up?

I forgot Cartoon Network--gotta do something when you take a night to yourself to get absolutely stoned to hell.

ESPN used to provide some benefit before it became the official broadcast station for The Boston Red Sox/NY Yankees & Mets/NE Patriots.

Rockntractor
12-03-2010, 03:11 PM
Because it hasn't had to?
Health care bill for one!

PoliCon
12-03-2010, 04:14 PM
Because it hasn't had to?

Because it takes a minute for the law suits to weave their way through the court system to the SCOTUS.

Zathras
12-03-2010, 05:48 PM
I'd say National Geographic, AMC and ESPN provide some public benefit. Other than that, this guy is gonna have to probate basically everything.

So, where do I sign up?

I forgot Cartoon Network--gotta do something when you take a night to yourself to get absolutely stoned to hell.

Gee, what a surprise that a gutless, America hating, waste of skin like you is all for this.

AmPat
12-04-2010, 01:24 AM
Because it hasn't had to?

Stupid is as stupid posts.:rolleyes: