Blue Book (FCC)
On March 7, 1946 the Federal Communications Commission of the United States issued a report on Public Service Responsibility for Broadcast Licensees, nicknamed The Blue Book, reminding radio and television broadcasters of their commitment to public service. Even though the FCC's only weapon was to revoke broadcast licenses, which rarely happened, The Blue Book provoked some change in the networks' programming. Networks like NBC, CBS or ABC began to include more documentaries and political programs in their schedules.
- Full text of Public Service Responsibility for Broadcast Licensees (PDF)
- The Battle over the FCC Blue Book: Determining the Role of Broadcast Media in a Democratic Society, 1945- 1948. (PDF)
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