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Regulating the Regulators: The FCC and Ex Parte Communication Standards
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
  • Reed W. Smith, Georgia Southern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-1-2010
DOI
10.1080/08838151003737949
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Abstract
Between 1957 and 1960, a congressional subcommittee battled with the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) over the awarding of major market TV station licenses. Hearings were held after suspicions were raised in Congress that some license applicants had inappropriately contacted commissioners during award deliberations, and that some commissioners had accepted “favors” in exchange for sympathetic votes. The resulting volatile investigation cost two commissioners and a White House aide their jobs, but more importantly resulted in new regulations concerning ex parte communications and commissioner standards of ethical conduct. This article analyzes the tumultuous events that led to the creation of the new standards.
Citation Information
Reed W. Smith. "Regulating the Regulators: The FCC and Ex Parte Communication Standards" Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media Vol. 54 Iss. 2 (2010) p. 194 - 211
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/reed_smith/13/