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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

July 29, 1997


Speaking to the California Broadcasters Association in Monterey, California, on July 28, FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong issued a "call to action to end the trend of increased government intrusion" into broadcast program content. Chong cited examples of continuing attempts to impose greater government control over television content including quantitative guidelines for children's educational television, calls for free advertising time for political candidates, TV content ratings and proposed government mandates for counter-advertising and public service announcements. She urged broadcasters to "begin speaking out strongly and firmly about why the First Amendment must be protected for our democracy to stand."

Chong also discussed the FCC's recent digital television decisions and its pending broadcast ownership proceedings. With regard to digital television, she urged the broadcasters to "join with me in assuring your viewers that the improvements [of digital television] will indeed be worth the cost."

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