The Right of Radio to Editorialize. Frank Stanton.

The Right of Radio to Editorialize

New York: Columbia Broadcasting System, [1948].

Small Quarto (9 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches; 240 x 170 mm), [24] pages, in stapled wrappers (soft cover) .

Statement by CBS President Frank Stanton, who says the Federal Communications Commission has infringed on the free-speech rights of broadcasters by prohibiting editorials. He told the FCC on March 1, 1948, that radio should be treated equally with newspapers, which, of course, were not subject to a similar ban.

Dr. Stanton was taking aim at the so-called Mayflower decision. In 1941, the FCC renewed the license of Boston station WAAB, but stated that "the broadcaster cannot be an advocate." The FCC reasoned that radio waves belonged to the public and couldn't be used for partisan purposes.

But there were major problems with that decision: It applied only to station owners and not to commentators or anyone else who went on the air. So a radio station could air the views of anybody except the station owner. And it didn't take long for some stations to get around the ban on editorializing by hiring pundits to express the station's view. In mid-1949, the FCC repealed the Mayflower decision.

This pamphlet is scarce. OCLC shows eight institutional holdings. No others in commerce (June 2021).

CONDITION: White wrappers moderately soiled and rubbed, staples a bit rusty but otherwise bright and unmarked. About Very Good. Item #2404

Price: $75.00

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