Broadcast Decency

Television and radio executives testified about proposed legislation to strengthen the FCC enforcement of broadcast indecency laws for… read more

Television and radio executives testified about proposed legislation to strengthen the FCC enforcement of broadcast indecency laws for television and radio. Proposed legislation would significantly increase the fines for indecency. The witnesses described their standards and practices departments. They reported that networks have added time-delay equipment for live broadcasts and increased personnel to monitor other programs. Other efforts include educating the public about V-chip operation and ratings systems. The effectiveness and fairness of applying the indecency laws to broadcasters was questioned considering the predominance of cable and satellite transmissions. As cable and satellite use the public satellite orbital positions and microwave frequencies licensed by the FCC it was proposed that they could be included under the FCC jurisdiction. Other concerns were the structure of the network and affiliate relationship and keeping sanctions proportionate to the offense. close

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Program ID:
180722-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 26, 2004
Last Aired:
Mar 1, 2004

Airing Details

  • Feb 26, 2004 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 26, 2004 | 8:11pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 27, 2004 | 12:32am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 27, 2004 | 4:53am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 27, 2004 | 12:34pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 29, 2004 | 3:46pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 01, 2004 | 3:56pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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