The Hollywood Reporter reported in December that Anderson, the daytime syndicated talk show hosted by Anderson Cooper, has been classified as a news program by the Federal Communications Commission. The ruling exempts the program from the FCC’s Equal Time Rule, Section 315, of the 1934 Communications Act.
Among topics covered on the show, according to the Reporter, are “such journalistic queries as the ethics of spanking children, how to free one’s life from clutter, and a ‘new trend’ of parents gifting their children plastic surgery.”
“Anderson Cooper’s Talk Show Is a News Program, FCC Rules,” Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, December 2, 2011: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/anderson-cooper-talk-show-269175
“Declaratory Ruling,” Federal Communications Commission, November 28, 2011: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1128/DA-11-1946A1.pdf