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Re: WCRB (programming)

If stations had met the FCC requirements by putting significant resources 
into producing quality public affairs programming, which they broadcast 
during times when people actually listen, I would not disagree that this 
might have some public benefit.  The problem is that many stations met this 
requirement by broadcasting "lifestyle" news as you mentioned or running 
public affairs shows at 6 AM on Sunday morning.  I do not believe that 
anything has been lost by ending the requirement to run such shows.

-- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine

In a message dated 6/30/00 2:17:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Dan.Strassberg@worldnet.att.net writes:

<< But in the US, the FCC used to require licensees to provide a minimal
 amount of news and public affairs programming. To my knowledge, the FCC
 never specified what kind of public affairs programming. And "lifestyle
 news", which is arguably not news at all, could have satisfied the news
 requirement. In my opinion, both radio and the listening public are much the
 poorer for the elimination of that requirement.  >>