FCC Nixes CBS Bid To Get Names Of Indecency Complainers
June 15, 2007 at 3:07 PM (PT)
The FCC has denied CBS CORPORATION's Freedom of Information Act appeal of the Commission's refusal to supply it with the names and addresses of the individuals who filed complaints about an episode of "WITHOUT A TRACE." The commission redacted the complainants' names and addresses but not the city, state, and zip codes; the FCC said the complainants have an entitlement to privacy and rejected CBS's argument that the complainants never requested nor expected that their names would be made secret, that the Commission provided names of complainants in other indecency cases to courts, and that the complaints are "routinely available" public records.
In a separate FCC ruling, JASON KONARZ has been fined $7,000 for tower enclosure violations at WQMA-A/MARKS, MS.