Red Lion Broadcasting Company v. Federal Communications Commission

Red Lion Broadcasting Co v. Federal Communications Commission United States
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. Federal Communications Commission, 395 U.S. 367 (1969), established the doctrine that broadcast television stations (and by logical extension, radio stations) are full First Amendment speakers whose editorial speech could not be regulated absent good reason. However, because they were granted government licenses on a scarce radio spectrum, they could be regulated to preserve openness in covering news by the FCC. Excerpted from Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. Federal Communications Commission on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

395 U.S. 367

RED LION BROADCASTING CO., Inc., etc., et al., Petitioners,  v.  FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION et al. UNITED STATES et al., Petitioners,

 Argued: April 2 and 3, 1969. --- Decided: June 9, 1969

[Syllabus from 368 intentionally omitted]

Roger Robb, Washington, D.C., for petitioners Red Lion Broadcasting Co., Inc. and others.

Solicitor Gen., Erwin N. Griswold, for respondents F.C.C. and others and petitioners the United States and others.

Archibald Cox, Washington, D.C., for respondents Radio Television News Directors Assn. and others.

Mr. Justice WHITE delivered the opinion of the Court.


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