Summary: H.R.1677 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (09/24/1990)

Children's Television Act of 1990 - Title I: Regulation of Children's Television - Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prescribe standards for commercial television broadcast licensees that limit the duration of advertising in programs for children to a specified number of minutes per hour. Instructs the FCC to initiate appropriate rulemaking proceedings within 30 days of this Act's enactment and to promulgate the final standards within 180 days of enactment. Authorizes modifications of the limitations after January 1, 1993, in accordance with the public interest.

Directs the FCC, when reviewing any application for a television broadcast license renewal, to consider compliance with these advertising standards, as well as the licensee's programming in connection with the educational and information needs of children. Permits the FCC to consider additional efforts by the licensee to support or enhance educational and informational programming.

Directs the FCC, within 180 days of this Act's enactment, to complete the proceeding known as "Revision of Programming and Commercialization Policies, Ascertainment Requirements and Program Log Requirements for Commercial Television Stations." Title II: Endowment for Children's Educational Television - National Endowment for Children's Educational Television Act of 1990 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to establish, under the direction of the Secretary of Education, a National Endowment for Children's Educational Television for the purpose of creating and producing television programming specifically directed toward the development in children of fundamental intellectual skills. Directs the Secretary, in administering the Endowment, to: (1) contract with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for producing educational television programming for children; and (2) make grants to persons creating and producing such programming. Requires the Secretary to consult with the Advisory Council on Children's Educational Television in making such contracts or grants. Authorizes the Secretary to make contracts with, or grants to, persons using other forms of media and to apply conditions to such contracts or grants pertaining to the availability of such programming to commercial television licensees and cable system operators. Authorizes the Secretary to waive grant conditions in certain circumstances.

Directs the Secretary to establish the criteria for making such contracts or grants. Outlines grant application requirements. Limits amounts authorized for such grants.

Directs the Secretary to establish an Advisory Council on Children's Educational Television. Requires members appointed to have expertise in the fields of education, psychology, child development, television programming, or related disciplines.

Requires each grant recipient to maintain such records as are reasonably necessary to enable the Secretary to carry out functions under this Act. Gives the Secretary and the Comptroller General access to all documents of grant recipients for auditing and examination purposes. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1991 and 1992 to carry out this Act.