Goto Section: 76.213 | 76.227 | Table of Contents
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 76.225 Commercial limits in children's programs.
(a) No cable operator shall air more than 10.5 minutes of commercial
matter per hour during children's programming on weekends, or more than
12 minutes of commercial matter per hour on weekdays.
(b) The display of Internet Web site addresses during program material
or promotional material not counted as commercial time is permitted
only if the Web site:
(1) Offers a substantial amount of bona fide program-related or other
(2) Is not primarily intended for commercial purposes, including either
e-commerce or advertising;
(3) The Web site's home page and other menu pages are clearly labeled
to distinguish the noncommercial from the commercial sections; and
(4) The page of the Web site to which viewers are directed by the Web
site address is not used for e-commerce, advertising, or other
commercial purposes (e.g., contains no links labeled “store” and no
links to another page with commercial material).
(c) If an Internet address for a Web site that does not meet the test
in paragraph (b) of this section is displayed during a promotion in a
children's program, in addition to counting against the commercial time
limits in paragraph (a) of this section the promotion must be clearly
separated from program material.
(d)(1) Entities subject to commercial time limits under the Children's
Television Act shall not display a Web site address during or adjacent
to a program if, at that time, on pages that are primarily devoted to
free noncommercial content regarding that specific program or a
character appearing in that program:
(i) Products are sold that feature a character appearing in that
(ii) A character appearing in that program is used to actively sell
(2) The requirements of this paragraph do not apply to:
(i) Third-party sites linked from the companies' Web pages;
(ii) On-air third-party advertisements with Web site references to
third-party Web sites; or
(iii) Pages that are primarily devoted to multiple characters from
(e) The requirements of this section shall not apply to programs aired
on a broadcast television channel which the cable operator passively
carries, or to access channels over which the cable operator may not
exercise editorial control, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 531(e) and 532(c)(2).
Note 1 to § 76.225: Commercial matter means air time sold for purposes
of selling a product or service and promotions of television programs
or video programming services other than children's or other
age-appropriate programming appearing on the same channel or promotions
for children's educational and informational programming on any
Note 2 to § 76.225: For purposes of this section, children's programming
refers to programs originally produced and broadcast primarily for an
audience of children 12 years old and younger.
Note 3 to § 76.225: Section 76.1703 contains recordkeeping requirements
for cable operators with regard to children's programming.
[ 56 FR 19616 , Apr. 29, 1991, as amended at 65 FR 53615 , Sept. 5, 2000;
70 FR 38 , Jan. 3, 2005; 71 FR 64165 , Nov. 1, 2006]
Goto Section: 76.213 | 76.227
Goto Year: 2020 |
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