Heidi R. Young


In August 1984, the Federal Communications Commission released the Report and Order in the Matter of the Revision of Programming and Commercialization Policies, Ascertainment Requirements, and Program Log Requirements for Commercial Television Stations, affecting the FCC regulations concerning programming policies, ascertainment requirements, program logging rules and commercialization policies. This Note analyzes these regulatory changes from this Report and Order according the following structure: first, a historical exposition of radio and television regulation in general and of the areas affected by the deregulation in particular; second, an assessment of the changes in the context of the modern television marketplace; and third, a discussion of television content regulation and the first amendment. This Note concludes that, although the deregulation is a major step forward in accommodating the changing broadcasting marketplace, the FCC has not made any real progress on the crucial issue of full first amendment protection in broadcasting.