fairness or equal time doctrine

fairness or equal time doctrine
fairness or equal time doctrine
This doctrine imposes affirmative responsibilities on the broadcaster to provide coverage of issues of public importance which is adequate and which fairly reflects differing viewpoints.
In fulfilling its "Fairness Doctrine" obligations, broadcaster must provide free time for the presentation of opposing views if a paid sponsor is unavailable and must initiate programming on public issues if no one else seeks to do so. Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Democratic National Committee, Dist.Col., 412 U.S. 94, 93 S.Ct. 2080, 2089, 36 L.Ed.2d 772.
Refers to section of Federal Communications Act which provides that major advocates of both sides of political and public issues should be given fair or equal opportunity to broadcast their viewpoints. 47 U.S.C.A. No. 315.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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