Disney sues to block programming rules An FCC requirement to expand children's shows violates ABC network's free speech rights, it says.
By Jube Shiver Jr.
WASHINGTON -- Walt Disney Co. asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to block new federal rules requiring broadcasters to expand children's educational programming, saying the regulations violate the free speech rights of the company's ABC television network.
The lawsuit comes less than a week after Viacom Inc. and NBC Universal filed a similar suit in the same U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, seeking to overturn the regulations.
The new Federal Communications Commission rules expand programming requirements as broadcasters move further into digital transmission, and also restrict children's exposure to advertising.
The lawsuit asks the court to order the FCC to reconsider the new rules by Nov. 15, or stay the FCC rules until the court can have a full hearing.