Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Public TV Political Ad Ban Unconstitutional, Court Rules

A law saying public television stations can’t air political or public-issue ads is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court in California said.

A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court ruled today in a lawsuit brought by Minority Television Project Inc., a California nonprofit that operates San Francisco Bay area public television station KMTP. The station was fined by the Federal Communications Commission for violating the ban on public stations’ airing of paid ads from corporations.