A 1971 amendment to the COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 permits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
to revoke a broadcaster's license for failure to allow reasonable access to a candidate for federal office. The Supreme Court here interpreted this provision to create a right of access for an individual candidate. Further, reaffirming the much criticized precedent of RED LION BROADCASTING CO. V. FCC (1969), the Court sustained the law, as so interpreted, against a FIRST AMENDMENT challenge. The dissenters argued that the statute created no right of access.
KENNETH L. KARST