The Fairness Doctrine
was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses
to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission's view, honest, equitable and balanced. The FCC eliminated the Doctrine in 1987, and in August 2011 the FCC formally removed the language that implemented the Doctrine.
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In June 2011, the Chairman and a subcommittee chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
, both Republicans, said that the FCC, in response to their requests, had set a target date of August 2011 for removing the Fairness Doctrine and other "outdated" regulations from the FCC's rulebook.
On August 22, 2011, the FCC formally voted to repeal the language that implemented the Fairness Doctrine, along with removal of more than eighty other rules and regulations, from the Federal Register
following a White House executive order directing a "government-wide review of regulations already on the books", to eliminate unnecessary regulations.