Children’s Educational Television | Federal Communications Commission

The Children’s Television Act requires each U.S. broadcast television station to air programming specifically designed to serve the educational and informational needs of children. It also limits the amount of time broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite providers can devote to advertisements during children’s programs.

On July 10, 2019, the Commission adopted new rules to provide broadcasters greater flexibility to meet children’s television programming requirements. The effective dates of the new rules will be announced in the Federal Register.¬†Once the new rules take effect, TV stations will be required to:

  • Air at least 156 hours annually of core programs, including at least 26 hours per quarter of regularly scheduled weekly programs.
  • Air the majority of their core programs on their primary program stream. Stations that multicast more than one stream of video programming may air up to 13 hours per quarter of regularly scheduled weekly programs on one of their
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