FCC Wants Full 9th Circ. To Review Political Ad Ban Ruling

Law360, New York (July 2, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to take another look at a decision that struck down a ban on political issue and candidate ads on public broadcast stations.

In a petition for an en banc rehearing of an April 12 panel decision, the FCC argued the ruling undercuts the long-established goals of public broadcasting by opening up stations to the same market forces and influences that commercial broadcasters face.

“Federal law has consistently precluded public television licensees from airing paid advertisements,” the...
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