H.R. 501 (109th): Fairness and Accountability in Broadcasting Act

Feb 01, 2005 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Louise Slaughter
Representative for New York's 28th congressional district
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Feb 01, 2005
8 pages

This bill was introduced on February 1, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Feb 01, 2005
Referred to Committee Feb 01, 2005
Full Title

To enforce the public interest obligations of broadcast station licensees to their local communities.


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23 cosponsors (22D, 1I) (show)

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Communications and Technology

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Fairness and Accountability in Broadcasting Act - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from issuing or renewing any license for a broadcasting station based upon a finding that the issuance or renewal serves the public interest, convenience, and necessity unless such station:
(1) covers issues of importance to the local community in a fair manner, taking into account diverse interests and viewpoints of the local community;
(2) holds two public hearings each year in the local community to ascertain the needs and interests of the local communities that they serve; and
(3) documents and reports in writing, on a biannual basis to the FCC, the programming that is broadcast to cover the issues of public importance as ascertained through the hearings process, and how such coverage reflects the diverse interests and viewpoints in the local community.
Allows any interested person to file a petition with the FCC to deny a license renewal for a broadcast station's failure to follow the above requirements.
Reduces from eight to four years the term of a broadcast license.

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