Definition of fairness doctrine in US English:

fairness doctrine


  • A former federal policy in the US requiring television and radio broadcasters to present contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance.

    • ‘The fairness doctrine's eradication in the late '80s spurred the entire talk radio phenomenon that has swept America.’
    • ‘For someone who advocates for the fairness doctrine, you seem very resistant to hearing an opposing point of view.’
    • ‘The culture has only developed since 1987, when the fairness doctrine was abolished under Ronald Reagan; like UK regulations are supposed to today, it guaranteed balanced political representation on radio and TV networks.’
    • ‘Typically, this is regarded as a story of wonderfully successful deregulation, because the effects of eliminating the fairness doctrine were precisely what was sought and intended.’
    • ‘The former head of CBS, Fred Friendly, describes the real effects of the fairness doctrine in his excellent book The Good Guys, the Bad Guys, and the First Amendment.’