Spanish-language broadcaster Liberman has agreed to pay $110,000 to settle an
indecency investigation by the Federal Communications Commission. The Burbank,
Calif.-based company also will follow a three-year compliance plan, according
to the FCC.
The investigation was motivated by complaints about “José
Luis Sin Censura
Luis Uncensored), which aired on
Liberman stations in four markets—KRCA-TV in Riverside, Calif.; KPNZ-TV in
Ogden, Utah; KMPX-TV in Decatur, Texas; an KZJL-TV in Houston, Texas. Often
compared to “Jerry Springer,” the Spanish version hosted by Luis was said to feature
nudity and target gay and transgendered individuals for audience abuse. (See
del aire ‘José Luis sin censura
,’” at Huffpost
) The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation as well as the
National Hispanic Media Coalition filed a complaint in 2011 against Liberman
for airing the show during the safe harbor hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., when
indecency prohibitions apply. GLAAD had been trying to get Liberman to clean up
the show since 2005.
The FCC reviewed recordings of the show, and while the agency did not issue a
specific finding of indecency, it noted that Liberman took the show off the air
more than a year ago. In addition to the $110,000 it agreed to pay, Liberman
will abide by a three-year compliance plan that includes appointing a
compliance officer, compliance reporting, the creation of a compliance manual,
annual employee training and self-reporting in the future.
The settlement terminates the FCC’s investigation.