FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2007
“Another way the FCC could have
responded is in a manner consistent with what most
other breach-of-contract situations might call for,
to wit, that the benefits secured by the breaching
party be returned to the harmed party. In this
case, the FCC would reopen each and every broadcast
decency complaint which was summarily dismissed by
the November 2004 Consent Decree, and each complaint
would be adjudicated on its merits. The dismissal
of the complaints was the benefit secured by CBS in
signing the Consent Decree and paying a fine.
Because CBS violated that agreement, those benefits
should be forfeited. In addition, each and every
radio and television broadcast license held by CBS
should have been reconsidered.
“Instead, CBS gets off with a paltry
fine and a slap on the wrist – there is no real
financial penalty to ensure that CBS will follow the
decency law in the future. The $300,000 settlement
sounds like a lot of money to consumers, but it’s a
tiny fraction of the sale price of KUTV and the
value of the broadcast license it uses to operate.
The FCC has failed its legal obligation to protect
families from indecent content and to enforce the
terms of contracts it enters into. The public
deserves better,” Winter said.
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