Communications’ increasing importance in our daily lives requires that the law assume an increased duty in the supervision and regulation of media operation. For this reason, the Washington University Law Quarterly presents this two part symposium on communications in general, and television in particular. As satellites are placed in orbit and begin transmitting, as cable television reaches more and more homes, and as new tax and other economic incentives are…
In this Article, Federal Communications Commissioner Nicholas Johnson indicates the public’s interest in broadcasting and the importance of the President’s “Message on Communications Policy.” He argues that it is critical at this stage of development to look at communications as a whole, not isolated segments. In the appendix, we reproduce the recently passed Public Broadcasting Act which creates a publicly financed corporation to produce television programs.
In this Article, Professor John McGowan provides a detailed description of the television industry’s structure and the effects of competition on programming policy. McGowan offers ways in which FCC regulation of industry structure may promote diversity of programming without controlling the content of individual programs or broadcasters’ programming policies.
In this Article, Mr. Leland Johnson describes some of the problems in using radio spectrum and ways in which new technologies may be utilized to relieve today’s scarcity of usable spectrum. He discusses the enormous potentialities of non-spectrum transmission devices, particularly cable transmission.