• FCC Issues Order Clarifying Television Broadcasters' Children's Television Programming Obligations
  • October 26, 2006 | Authors: Kathryn R. Schmeltzer; Tony Lin
  • Law Firm: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Washington Office
  • On September 29, 2006, the FCC released the Second Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order (hereafter "Second Order") regarding the children's television rules and policies it had established in 2004 but for which it had suspended implementation pending reconsideration. In the Second Order, the FCC rejected many of the petitions for reconsideration but adopted several changes to the 2004 rules that were requested by a coalition of broadcasters, programmers, and public interest groups in a "Joint Proposal" submitted earlier this year. The revised rules, which are discussed below, will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.