Rep. Walden: Court Could Throw Out Indecency Regs
February 27, 2007 at 2:46 PM (PT)
Rep. GREG WALDEN (R-OR) told visiting broadcasters in WASHINGTON for an NAB state leadership conference TUESDAY that the SUPREME COURT could throw out the FCC's indecency rules, according to BROADCASTING AND CABLE. WALDEN, who is selling his five radio stations in OREGON, told the broadcasters that he supports stiffer indecency fines and the FCC's authority to enforce the rules but suggested that the inconsistent "patchwork" of rulings leaves the Commission's authority to regulate indecency in jeopardy.
WALDEN also suggested that if the FCC allows XM and SIRIUS to merge, broadcasters should be allowed to own more stations. And he told the broadcasters to expect the "paternal, all-knowing government" to push for more regulation of direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical ads.