FCC Data: Less Than 4 Radio/TV Indeceny Complaints A Day
Obscenity A Minor Concern Compared To Other Complaints
December 27, 2013 at 7:17 AM (PT)
Just-released FCC data on indecency and obscenity complaints about radio and television programming in the third quarter of 2013 illustrates how small an issue it has become, especially in contrast to other public concerns. If the incidence for such complaints are consistent with results in previous quarters, the question seems to become just how big a priority it should be for the COMMISSION.
According to its own figures, the FCC received only 89 complaints for TV and radio indecency/obscenity (the data wasn't broken out by medium) in JULY, 116 complaints in AUGUST and 83 in SEPTEMBER, totaling 288 complaints in the third quarter. Compare that to other Q3 complaints:
Programming complaints (loud commercials, violence, scheduling changes) - 1,975
Miscellaneous Programming complaints (children's TV, Pirate Radio) - 1,026
Do Not Call complaints - 21,498
Wireless Telecommunications Billing and Rates - 1,057
TCPA Do Not Call Complaints - 21,498
In all, the FCC listed 33 different types of complaints in the six categories. Radio and TV indecency/obscenity complaints finished 26th of the 33.