FCC Moves to Roll Back Children’s Television Rules

Jul 10, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to cut back on the regulations that mandate how much children’s programming, and what kind, broadcasters must air to keep their licenses. Variety reports that the agency will take the first step in that process Thursday — and alarms have already been raised among parents groups.

“The rules date to the 1990s, and were put in place after decades of advocacy from parents groups who were frustrated at a landscape of cartoons and live-action shows that were overly commercialized or too full of violence and bluster,” Variety reports. “But since children increasingly watch on demand or on an array of other platforms, some FCC commissioners say that the restrictions are outdated.”

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, the chief proponent of revising the rules, is quoted writing of the rules in a blog post earlier this year: “Not only are they unnecessary, but after over two decades of experience with the 1996 enhanced regulations, there is scant evidence to indicate that children’s programming on broadcast stations has improved.”


  1. All I can say is praise the Lord. Long time coming.

  2. The FCC is a joke … a trumped up piece of crap …
    Leave the rules alone …

  3. Considering PBS was and is still the standard for children’s programming this will likely not make a difference. Perhaps there will be a viable commercial venture to bring quality kids programming to commercial broadcast television. Ha, who am I kidding. I hope the FCC board members were well paid for this decision.

  4. The regulations are ridiculous. They do not allow for innovation and the “education” is pretty lame. You only have to look at the ratings for these shows to know it’s a waste of time. Then the amount of paper work & forms the station must maintain! Change is needed.

  5. The FCC is now only interested in keeping (or making) rules that will benefit the rich and corporations. Their attitude is that everyone else can just go to hell.

  6. Children in this day and time don’t even watch television for entertainment much anymore anyway….they watch Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and so on. I have a friend that works at a television station and there is a lot of paperwork involved and I believe it has to be maintained on a quarterly basis and they told me that the kids block have the lowest ratings as far as viewers. Why would viewership in ratings be so low if it was a much needed thing for stations to have to provide? I think it is something that warrants a review because it is outdated considering what is now available. Just my opinion.

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