Ivo Skoric on Mon, 19 Jun 2000 16:51:30 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> WNYE and The Law

I am interested if anybody can help me understand the legal 
aspects of these findings. I found that WNYE (Ch. 25), which is a 
publicly funded radio and TV station, had sold large portions of its 
broadcasting slots to a small number of individuals and companies 
that then re-sell their time to others for profit. This, in my opinion, 
has a three-prong negative effect on public broadcasting in the 
U.S., that may add some fuel to those who want to dispose of 
public broadcasting alltogether: first it contravents the WNYE 
charter which conditions that only the program that purchased the 
slot should be broadcasted in that slot, second it blocks access to 
this valuable outlet of public broadcasting for many new worthy 
programs and third it misappropriates the trust of those who give 
money to WNYE in good faith. Does anybody have any further 
information on this practice and possible legal or other remedies?


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