Report: FCC Combing Sports, News Tapes For Indecency
July 12, 2006 at 6:01 AM (PT)
The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reports that the FCC is asking for tapes of numerous live news and sports programs in order to look for indecent remarks from athletes, fans, and interviewees. The tapes requested include football and NASCAR TV broadcasts in which someone may have said an audible expletive.
A TV executive told the REPORTER that "it looks like they want to end live broadcast TV" while another anonymous executive said "I don't know how they are going to rule, but they asked us for tapes with a specific emphasis on crowd noise... If some bozo in the crowd calls the ref an asshole, the commission is asking for a copy of the tape."