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TV Networks, Stations Challenge FCC Ruling
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 09:06:57 -0400



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From: Monty Solomon <monty () roscom com>
Date: April 15, 2006 1:51:05 AM EDT
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Subject: TV Networks, Stations Challenge FCC Ruling


      TV Networks, Stations Challenge FCC Ruling
      - Apr 15, 2006 12:43 AM (AP Online)

By GARY GENTILE AP Business Writer


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four TV broadcast networks and their affiliates
have filed court challenges to a March 15 Federal Communications
Commission ruling that found several programs "indecent" because of
language.


ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, along with their network affiliate
associations and the Hearst-Argyle Television group of stations,
filed notices of appeal in various federal courts, including in
Washington, D.C., and New York. Some were filed late Thursday and the
rest Friday morning.


The move represents a protest against the aggressive enforcement of
federal indecency rules that broadcasters have complained are vague
and inconsistently applied. Millions of dollars in fines have been
levied based on those rules.


The appeals challenge the FCC's finding that profane language was
used on the CBS program "The Early Show" in 2004, incidents involving
Cher and Nicole Richie on the "Billboard Music Awards" shows
broadcast by Fox in 2002 and 2003 and various episodes of the ABC
show "NYPD Blue" that aired in 2003.


The FCC did not issue fines in those cases because the incidents
occurred before a 2004 ruling that virtually any use of certain
expletives would be considered profane and indecent.


While none of the cases involved NBC, the network filed a petition to
intervene on behalf of the other networks and stations.

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      - http://www.quote.com/home/news/story.asp?story=57642579




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