Fairness Doctrine Dumped By Fcc

08.23.11 | Sarah Harnisch

There's been a huge breakthrough for Christian radio and T.V. stations across the nation. On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission abolished a controversial rule known as the "Fairness Doctrine." It would have required broadcasters to present opposing views of controversial issues-- like the gay movement, abortion, and evolution. The regulation, which hasn't been enforced in 2 decades, has been criticized for years as an over-reach of media industry speech rights, and could have put thousands of Christian stations out of business. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he opposed the rules and called them unnecessary, then removed them from the FCC, along with dozens of other rules he described as outdated. The Fairness Doctrine regulations were implemented in 1949, during a time when local broadcast markets had little competition and regulators hoped to promote differing political points of view.