FCC's Martin Looks to End Indecency Logjam
October 3, 2005 at 12:02 PM (PT)
While indecency complaints are down at the FCC, Chairman KEVIN MARTIN is planning to deal with the backlog as a group, reports VARIETY, which says that FCC attorneys have evaluated between 50 and 200 complaints with recommendations to either dismiss or issue fines, and MARTIN has held them over through the SUMMER in the hopes that the Commission would come up with clearer guidelines on indecency and the desire to take care of the cases all at once.
The magazine's sources conflict on when the voting and release of the cases will occur, with one saying two weeks and another saying at least a month from now. MARTIN told the press last week that the FCC will move ahead if stations would agree to extended liability rather than holding up station license transfers over unresolved indecency issues that hold up license renewals.