By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 4-9-20
The FCC is encouraging TV stations to keep the faith, literally, during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The commission is allowing those stations to preempt educational and informational children’s programming for religious programming without having to reschedule it, but only over the next three weeks. FCC chair Ajit Pai signaled such preemption for religious services would also be a public service.
The FCC’s Media Bureau has issued a temporary, limited waiver so that during the Passover and Easter seasons, with most of the faithful having to attend church remotely over the internet or TV, broadcasters can air live or taped same-day religious services instead of the E/I children’s programming they are required to carry–at least three hours a week.
“This flexibility will allow broadcasters to encourage social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic by airing important community programming that can substitute for live in-person attendance at events, such as Easter religious services or Passover seders,” said the FCC. » Read More