Maintenance. We are currently updating the site. Please check back shortly
Members login
  • TrustLaw
  • Members Portal
Subscribe

U.S. court upholds ban on political, other ads on public TV

Source: Reuters - Mon, 2 Dec 2013 04:10 PM
Author: Reuters
Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Bookmark Email Print
Leave us a comment

Dec 2 (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Monday upheld as constitutional a U.S. ban on political advertising on public television and radio stations.

By an 8-3 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the U.S. Congress was justified in adopting a law that prohibited public stations from transmitting paid advertisements on behalf of for-profit entities, issues of public importance or interest and political candidates.

"Congress's determination that all three kinds of advertising posed a significant threat to public programming is supported by substantial evidence," Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the majority.

Two judges on the panel would have struck down the law, while a third would have struck down part of it.

Minority Television Project Inc, a California non-profit, had challenged the law after the Federal Communications Communication fined it $10,000 for running paid ads from companies such as Ford Motor Corp, General Motors Co and Korean Air Lines Co.

The case is Minority Television Project Inc v. Federal Communications Commission et al, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 09-17311.

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus
LATEST SLIDESHOW

Latest slideshow

See allSee all
FEATURED JOBS
Featured jobs