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FCC Raises maximum fine for indecency
    #3841547 - 02/27/05 04:06 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

House Passes Bill to Raise Indecency Fines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to hike fines to as much as $500,000 on broadcasters and entertainers who violate decency limits on the air.

For the second time in 12 months, House lawmakers voted to boost fines and require the Federal Communications Commission to consider revoking a broadcaster's license after three violations of indecency rules. Wednesday's vote was 389-38.

The current maximum fine is $32,500. Last year the House and Senate were unable to reach a compromise on legislation to boost fines despite several high-profile incidents.

Broadcasters are barred from airing indecent material, typically of a sexual or profane nature, except during late-night hours when children are less likely to be in the audience. The limits do not apply to cable and satellite television and radio services.

Other House provisions would require the FCC to act on complaints within six months, consider violations when stations want to renew or modify their licenses and give the agency the power to require stations to run public service announcements.

"This legislation makes great strides in making it safe for families to come back again into their living rooms," said Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Lawmakers in the Senate have introduced legislation that would hike indecency fines tenfold to $325,000 per incident and up to $3 million for a continuing violation. It does not include the provision on license revocation.

The House and Senate would have to work out any differences before a bill could be forwarded to President Bush for his review.

Bush last month urged parents to turn off their televisions if shows violate their standards.

The Bush administration expressed support for the bill but also said it "looks forward to continuing to work with the Congress to make appropriate adjustments to the language of the bill as it moves through the legislative process."

Congress is responding to an outcry from family groups and demands by FCC officials who argue that the size of current fines are not enough of a deterrent to broadcasters who earn billions of dollars in profit annually.

The crackdown on broadcasters was fueled by several incidents, most notably pop singer Janet Jackson exposing her bare breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

"We understand the rationale for increasing the fines but we want to make sure that it's done in a manner that doesn't automatically jeopardize licenses arbitrarily," said Edward Fritts, head of the National Association of Broadcasters.

Lawmakers also included a provision they said was aimed at protecting free speech rights of individuals on the air. Individuals would be liable only if they knew or had reason to know an indecent comment made would be broadcast.

But some complained the measure would still lead broadcasters to censor what they air.

"Even the threat of this legislation has already led to that kind of censorship," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, pointing to 66 affiliates of Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network that refused to air the movie "Saving Private Ryan" because of fears of incurring FCC fines.

Other lawmakers were unhappy that they were unable to address other issues they believed were related, such as media concentration as well as erectile dysfunction drug advertisements on television when children are watching.

its a little old, but didn't see anyone post it.

America has a lot of growing up to do.

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Re: FCC Raises maximum fine for indecency [Re: daussaulit]
    #3842391 - 02/27/05 06:42 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah, that ought to teach those scumbags not to show female nipples on TV.

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Re: FCC Raises maximum fine for indecency [Re: moog]
    #3842566 - 02/27/05 07:16 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Let us never forget. :nonono:


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Re: FCC Raises maximum fine for indecency [Re: daussaulit]
    #3842858 - 02/27/05 08:18 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

The title you gave to this thread is inaccurate.



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