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Thursday, February 23, 2006

What's wrong with radio and TV in the US?

Is it the poor quality of much of the programming? Is it the concentration of station ownership into fewer and fewer hands? Is it the lack of balance in which political views are presented? Is it the glorification of violence in some programs? The continuing underrepresentation of women and people of color among station owners and broadcasting decisionmakers? Or maybe it's the total lack of news or public affairs programming on most US stations?

The FCC will save us!No, the really big problem facing the broadcasting industry won't be found on that list. The real danger to the nation is all those bad words going out over the air.

According to the Washington Post, the Federal Communications Commission is about to come down hard on a number of broadcasters who have broadcast indecent language — mainly the word shit.
In one case, the FCC is expected to rule against News Corp.'s Fox for an incident in which actress Nicole Richie uttered the vulgar term for excrement, a finding that may dissuade broadcasters from airing the term even in isolated instances.

The sources, who spoke on condition that they not be named because the decisions are not yet public, said the FCC was expected to find that companies including CBS, Fox and NBC or their affiliates had violated decency standards in a total of about a dozen cases.

This magpie is oh so happy that the feds are looking out for our tender sensibilities.

The lovely little logo above, by the way, comes right off one of the FCC's web pages.

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