Re: Boy Scout Public Service Announcement
John Tudor (tudorj@HCI.NET)
Thu, 13 Aug 1998 14:06:42 -0400
Speaking as a former broadcaster for 30 years, PSA's "can" be made
available to any "non-profit" organization, whether public or private.
Please note that I say "can". While the FCC requires a certain percentage
of a stations broadcast time be devoted to "Public Service", there are a
number of ways that this requirement can be met. Most stations choose to
meet it these days by long form programming, usually buried in the wee
hours of the morning, or on Sunday Morning.
Many stations do run short form PSA's which look just like commercials, but
no one can demand them. It is strictly up to the individual station
management which organization gets air time. It is my belief that any
station or network airing these announcements for the BSA would have no
effect on the private status of the BSA.
Just my "educated" .02 worth.
At 01:19 PM 8/11/98 -0400, Robert Caron said:
>I think these ads are all great for Scouting as are the ones that featured
>other famous people (Jimmy Stewart comes to mind). But I would think they
>really are ads and not PSAs.
>Why? With all the recent controversies in Scouting, it seems that BSA's
>to being a PRIVATE organization are at the root of preserving it. I may be
>wrong, but it is my understanding that PSAs (no cost to the sponsor) are for
>PUBLIC organizations/messages like the National Safety Council's program
>against drunk driving. I would hate to see it thrown up in BSA's face
>cannot be both a private organization and receive no-cost PSAs.
>Jim Miller Sr. wrote:
>> The PSA you saw, along with others in the series, are available for
>> preview on the official BSA website at:
>Troop Committee Secretary, Northborough Troop 101
>Brotherhood, Chippanyonk Lodge #59, OA
>Knox Trail Council #244, BSA
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