Posted by No, Sir on January 21, 2010 at 17:08:37:
In Reply to: These telethons posted by Wondering on January 20, 2010 at 11:05:48:
Can't write it off. And, yes, it looks great in your public file. Same for Radiothons! Not as good as local programming, though.
Just remember the difference here... these listed in the post are networks and not stations. Networks aired the telethon and stations carried it. They were not locally produced. In that vein, Networks don't have the same obligations to the FCC that station's themselves do. Their only real obligation is to control offensive content (hence the Janet Jackson boob controvery). They're liable for that as it would be unfair to punish 200+ affiliates nationwide who do not have "control" over the network produced content.
As for public files, community standards, etc. it's up to the station to make sure they're in compliance and not any network they may choose to carry. Afterall, they can change network affiliation anytime.
Local is always better when it comes to serving to the FCC's favor. Almost all TV stations in every market do execute a local telethon of some kind. Locally hosted, produced, etc.
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