Last week, House Commerce and Energy Committee Chairman John Dingell reportedly stated that he favored the return of the Fairness Doctrine, and couldn’t see why broadcasters would be opposed. We’ve suggested reasons, here and here. But the reports are that Congressman Dingell may try to move legislation to accomplish the return of the Doctrine later this year.
But, in good news for broadcasters, Congressman Dingell said that he didn’t foresee any action on violence regulation this year – absent some triggering event – presumably something like the Janet Jackson incident which galvanized Congress into action to raise indecency penalties. Perhaps one less concern for broadcasters, but the Fairness Doctrine appears to be a real concern to watch.