FCC Asks Court To Remand TV Indecency Cases
July 5, 2006 at 4:27 PM (PT)
The FCC and the TV affiliate associations of ABC, NBC, and CBS have filed a motion with the court where the networks sued to challenge indecency fines to delay its scheduled SEPTEMBER hearing of the case and voluntarily remand the case to the Commission for review. The cases involved include the use of fleeting obscenities in CBS' "THE EARLY SHOW," ABC's "NYPD BLUE," and FOX' BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS coverage in 2002 and 2003, and the affiliates complained that they did not have an opportunity to present arguments before the FCC ruled in an effort to provide "guidance" for broadcasters.
The FCC's statement said that it will rule on the cases again within 60 days; FOX and its affiliate group are against the remand request and will oppose the motion.