FCC Knuckles Under To Hollywood, Delays New Kids’ Programming Regs

“The FCC said Friday it would delay implementation of new rules governing children’s programming on digital television to consider an agreement struck by entertainment companies and children’s advocates. The rules, which were to have taken effect Jan. 1, would require that digital broadcasters bump up the amount of children’s programming they offer if they multicast, or subdivide their allotment of spectrum into multiple channels.” Protests and lawsuits from entertainment companies such as Disney and Viacom led to the decision to delay implementation.