Magazine article The Quill

FCC Cracks Down with Hefty Fines

Magazine article The Quill

FCC Cracks Down with Hefty Fines

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Strong-armed by what is believed to be election-year politics and fallout from Janet Jackson's exposed breast at the Super Bowl half-time show Feb. 1, Clear Channel Communications was the first of what could be more media outlets that paid an increased fine for broadcast indecency violations.

The company on March 4 paid a record $755,000 fine to the Federal Communications Commission for sexual comments made on its Florida-based "Bubba the Love Sponge" show and for record-keeping violations, according to Mediaweek.

"We fully accept our responsibility for airing inappropriate content, and our company will accept the consequences," said John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio, according to Mediaweek.

Also, about one week later, the FCC again proposed a fine of almost a quartermillion dollars for another Clear Channel broadcast, the "Elliot in the Morning" show, for sexually explicit content involving pornographic film star Ron Jeremy in March 2003, The Associated Press reported. …

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