FCC to Levy $325K Indecency Fine on Broadcaster

The FCC this week announced it will slap a Virginia television broadcaster with its maximum indecency penalty of $325,000 following that station’s airing of obscene material during an evening newscast.  CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, VA, which included a segment from a pornographic video during a local news story in July 2012, indicated it will fight the fine. 

Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, stated, “Our action here sends a clear signal that there are severe consequences for TV stations that air sexually explicit images when children are likely to be watching.”

NRB has spoken up for decency standards on the airwaves for many years.  Specifically, in a 2013 filing with the FCC, NRB declared, “a diminishing of the civility and decency of discourse and imagery during children’s viewing hours will diminish families, children, and our culture, and will impair the public interest.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: March 27, 2015

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