The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has eliminated the Fairness Doctrine, comprising 83 regulations, off the books for good.
Religious broadcasters had objected to the rule, because it could have forced them to air views contrary to their biblical beliefs.
The rules were introduced in 1949 and were intended to promote honest, balanced discussion of controversial issues by television and radio stations.
"The FCC has called the Fairness Doctrine an 'outdated and obsolete' regulation, and we wholeheartedly concur," said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO. "In fact, for the last eight years, NRB has been actively warning Congress that the Fairness Doctrine was not dead because it was still 'on the books.'"
NRB stated that they were pleased that the FCC Chairman Genachowski has followed-through on his promise to fully eliminate this pernicious rule, which enabled the FCC to compel broadcasters to air opposing viewpoints on controversial issues that the government decided to be of public importance.