A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

FCC fines Fox $1.18 million for indecency

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced late Tuesday that it is seeking a $1.18 million fine against 169 Fox television stations over their alleged broadcast of indecent material during an April 2003 episode of the reality show "Married By America." The FCC voted 5-0 in favor of fining the stations $7,000 each after receiving 159 complaints about the broadcast. The agency cited depictions of vulgarity and sexual activity, including nudity, being aired at a time when many children were likely to be viewing. Fox denies that the scenes, which used pixilation to blur any nudity, were indecent. Read the FCC release [PDF] and the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture [PDF] detailing the FCC's complaint. Reuters has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.