04.12.2004 12:00 PM
Indecency gives way to spring break

The U.S. Senate has delayed action on the broadcast indecency legislation until at least after its spring break. Majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) had wanted the vote last week but key Democrats objected to a rushed vote on the controversial legislation that would impose stiff fines for certain broadcast content.

The U.S. House of Representatives, already on a two-week break, approved the legislation earlier. The House bill would give the FCC the authority to fine broadcasters as much as $500,000 per violation and apply such large penalties against those on-air personalities who willfully violate the rules.

The Senate, however, may be caught up in a legislative gridlock that some fear could extend until after the November elections.

Both Republicans and Democrats blame each other for causing the legislative snarl by refusing to allow votes on measures they don’t like but that have broad support in both chambers. Others cite growing friction between President Bush and members of Congress of both parties for the inaction.

In the meantime, the FCC proposed $495,000 in indecency fines against Clear Channel Communications for radio broadcasts by Howard Stern, prompting the nation’s largest radio chain to drop the country’s best-known shock jock.

Back to the top

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

Zazil Media Group /   Thursday 11:51 AM
Orad Presents 3D Pre-Visualization at NAB Booth SL6317
Wall Street Communications /   Thursday 03:53 PM
Digigram Marks 30 Years of Innovation With Launch of New Visual Identity

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology