Posts Tagged ‘FCC’

COURT NIXES FCC FINE OVER JANET JACKSON WARDROBE MALFUNCTION

July 21, 2008

JANET JACKSON AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AT SUPER BOWL XXXVII

A federal court today tossed out the $550,000 fine the FCC issued against CBS for the 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” of Janet Jackson at her halftime Super Bowl show.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in fining CBS.

JANET JACKSON: THE WOMAN WHO RUINED RADIO

HOORAY! THE FCC FINALLY DOES SOMETHING RIGHT

July 11, 2008

For perhaps the first time in it’s history the Federal Communications Commission has actually made a decision to HELP the public.

The FCC has recommended punishing Comcast Corp. for trying to block internet access to its subscribers. The FCC’s action was meant as a warning shot to other service providers not to set “arbitrary limits on the way consumers can access information on the Internet.”

The FCC said that Comcast was actually violating the law that guarantees customers open access to the Internet. The ruling was designed to stop giant corporations from gouging consumers for their internet usage.

FOX REFUSES TO PAY FCC FINE

March 25, 2008

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Fox Broadcasting is refusing to pay a $91,000 fine levied by the FCC for airing a reality tv show episode that included “graphic sexual scenes” at a bachelor party.

According to a company spokesman,

“Fox believes that the FCC’s decision in this case was arbitrary and capricious, inconsistent with precedent and patently unconstitutional.”

The show Fox was fined for was, the since cancelled, “Married By America.”

The questionable scenes involved strippers at the party being covered in whipped cream.

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SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE ON “THE F-WORD”

March 17, 2008

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The U.S. Supreme Court began hearings today over the use of curse words on the airwaves.

It’s the Court’s first major case involving broadcast indecency in 30 years.

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George Carlin’s Supreme Court case led to the “Seven words you can’t say on television.”

Fox Broadcasting Co., along with ABC, CBS and NBC, are suing the Federal Communications Commission. Specifically, for FCC fines involving so-called “fleeting expletives,” one-time uses of the F-word or its close cousins.

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The networks contend they shouldn’t be held responsible for profanities they have no control of that are uttered on live broadcasts.

The networks challenged a new FCC policy after the commission said broadcasts of entertainment awards shows in 2002 and 2003 were indecent because of profanity uttered by Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie.

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