STATION ADVISORY

FCC Kills Last Remnant Of Fairness Doctrine

The Zapple Doctrine was an outgrowth of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine. It  required that stations that give air time to the supporters of one candidate in an election give time to the supporters of competing candidates as well. Even though the Fairness Doctrine has been defunct for years, Zapple apparently lived on so stations had to be concerned about giving air time to supporters of political candidates for fear of having to provide similar time to those supporting competing candidates. Apparently, that uncertainty has now been resolved, as in two just released cases, the FCC”s Media Bureau has declared that Zapple, like the rest of the Fairness Doctrine, is dead.