Radio & TV: TV Thaw

Half the nation is without television because of a construction "freeze" imposed in 1948 by the Federal Communications Commission. The ban on building new TV stations, supposed to last only a few months, actually lasted 3½-years, while FCC officials and the industry wrestled with the problems of color television, war scarcities and a shortage of TV channels. This week FCC finally lifted the ban, announced that in July it will start considering applications for new TV stations.

Now there are only 108 TV stations in the U.S. The new FCC ruling assigns a total of 2,053 stations to 1,291 communities, which...

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