Fox Television v. FCC Oral Argument

Oral arguments were heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Fox Television v. Federal Communications Commission. Fox… read more

Oral arguments were heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Fox Television v. Federal Communications Commission. Fox Television was challenging the FCC’s indecency standards and the way it punished broadcasters for airing shows that contain profanity. The network argued that the government violated the First Amendment by embarking on a “radical reinterpretation and expansion” of its power to punish broadcasters for indecent speech. The network contended that the FCC sharply changed its standards for profanity, that the standards were vague and made little sense in the face of industry changes. The FCC fined Fox for language used by Cher and Nicole Richie on the live broadcasts of the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards, respectively.

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Fox Television v. FCC Oral Argument

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Program ID:
195903-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
Dec 20, 2006
Last Aired:
Mar 19, 2008

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  • Dec 20, 2006 | 10:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 20, 2006 | 9:16pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 21, 2006 | 12:38am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 23, 2006 | 6:58pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 24, 2006 | 3:16am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 06, 2007 | 2:55am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 06, 2007 | 5:58am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 18, 2008 | 2:39pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 19, 2008 | 2:47am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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