FCC Asks Full 9th Circuit Court To Hear Appeal In Political-Ads-For-Public-Broadcasters Case
July 6, 2012 at 3:55 AM (PT)
The FCC has petitioned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case about noncommercial television and radio stations' right to sell and carry political ads before the full panel.
A three-judge panel recently ruled in MINORITY TELEVISION PROJECT (noncommercial KMTP-TV/SAN FRANCISCO) v. FCC that the stations do have the right to sell political advertising, and the Commission argues that the judgement "threatens the fundamental nature of public broadcasting." The appeal to the full court alleges that the majority "applied erroneous legal standards and misinterpreted the record to reach a result that threatens the noncommercial, educational character of public broadcasting ... public broadcasters provide educational programming (particularly high-quality children’s programming) that is not available on commercial stations and subjecting public stations to advertisers’ market pressures would undermine their ability to provide such programming."