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The UCC's action represented the first time that a Spanish-speaking station's license renewal had been challenged for failure to comply with the Children's Television Act of 1990 and the children's educational guidelines, adopted by the FCC in 1996, that require local stations to air at least three hours per week of specifically educational programming.
Children's Television Act of 1990, [section] 303b(a), Pub.
At least a smattering of credit for the kid-show boom goes to the Federal Communications Commission's implementation six years ago of the Children's Television Act of 1990, which ordered licensed stations to carry at least three hours a week of ``designated educational or informational programming for children,'' programs whose ``significant purpose'' is to educate or inform kids.
Guidelines of a maximum 12 minutes of ads per hour on weekdays and 10 1/2 minutes on weekends have been in place for a decade, following the Children's Television Act of 1990.
The Children's Hour Revisited: The Children's Television Act of 1990.
The three-hour block of teen-oriented (tNBC) programs assists NBC affiliates in their commitment to meet the guidelines of the FCC's Children's Television Act of 1990 by airing a minimum of three hours of FCC-qualifying educational and informational programming for children each week.
That mandate - to serve the educational or informational needs of children - comes from the Children's Television Act of 1990, which required stations to better serve those needs but set no hourly quota.
Since the passage of the Children's Television Act of 1990, requiring local stations to increase educational programs for children, broadcasters had opposed any FCC-mandated quotas.