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Broadcast delay refers to a technique utilized primarily in broadcasting[1], where live material is held back for a brief period before being transmitted. This technique is commonly used to prevent the broadcast of undesirable content, such as profanity, or to align the timing of nationwide simultaneous broadcasts. The concept originated at the WKAP radio station in Pennsylvania, with the tape delay system gaining popularity in the US. Today, the technique is applied globally, often to compensate for different time zones. In professional sports, broadcast delay plays a crucial role in preventing cheating and ensuring fair play. However, with the advent of social media[2] and the increasing global availability of live events, traditional tape delays are becoming less prevalent. Despite this, broadcast delay continues to be a significant aspect of broadcasting, influencing scheduling decisions and content editing for regions without live coverage.

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1. broadcasting. Broadcasting, a key aspect in the realm of communication, has a rich and diverse history. It began with the transmission of telegraph signals over airwaves using Morse code, evolving into wireless communication and commercial radio broadcasting for news and entertainment. Broadcasting methods have advanced over the years, from central high-powered towers transmitting electromagnetic waves to receivers, to the digital age of streaming services. This influential technology plays an essential role in disseminating information and entertainment, shaping society, culture, and communication. Broadcasting encompasses various methods like radio, television, and internet streaming, and different types of services, such as public, community, and commercial. Technological advances have transformed the industry, with the internet and mobile devices making broadcasting more accessible globally.
2. social media. Social media is a broad term encompassing a variety of digital tools and platforms that facilitate the sharing of information and the creation of virtual communities. Emerging from early systems like PLATO and ARPANET, it has evolved into modern platforms like Facebook and Twitter. These platforms offer unique features that differentiate them from traditional media, including the ability for users to generate content and engage in dialogic communication. They cater to over 100 million users globally and offer different forms of services, such as messaging apps and collaborative content creation platforms. The use of social media has far-reaching impacts on individuals, society, and businesses, influencing everything from marketing practices to political processes. However, it's also associated with ethical concerns, such as the spread of misinformation and potential addiction.
Broadcast delay (Wikipedia)

In radio and television, broadcast delay is an intentional delay when broadcasting live material, technically referred to as a deferred live. Such a delay may be to prevent mistakes or unacceptable content from being broadcast. Longer delays lasting several hours can also be introduced so that the material is aired at a later scheduled time (such as the prime time hours) to maximize viewership. Tape delays lasting several hours can also be edited down to remove filler material or to trim a broadcast to the network's desired run time for a broadcast slot, but this is not always the case.

Many US radio talk shows use broadcast delay to avoid FCC penalties
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