Moonves: Bigger Indecency Fines 'Unfair'
February 6, 2007 at 5:23 PM (PT)
While CBS CORP. CEO LES MOONVES was telling a conference in NEW YORK that the tenfold increase in the maximum indecency fines is "unfair" and making broadcasters "more afraid of what they put on air," FCC Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS was telling REUTERS that the fines are just "maximum fines. I would be totally amazed if the FCC would impose the highest fines on a smaller station."
MOONVES told the COMMON SENSE MEDIA/ASPEN INSTITUTE conference that his network turned away millions of dollars of ads they deemed unfit to air and asked the WEINSTEIN CO. and a film critic to change a blurb in the commercial for the film "HANNIBAL RISING" from "terrifying" to "electrifying" so it would play better for a broad audience like the SUPER BOWL's. But regarding the game's halftime show, joking about the infamous JANET JACKSON incident the last time his network carried the game, MOONVES said, "Thank God [PRINCE] kept his clothes on."