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CBS Appeals Jackson Indecency Ruling

CBS Appeals Jackson Indecency Ruling

CBS asked an appeals court to overturn the FCC indecency ruling on Janet Jackson, Reuters reported.
The move has been predicted by observers since lawmakers passed a measure to raise indecency fines 10-fold, up to $325,000.
As a result of the seconds’ worth of breast flash during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show, the agency fined CBS $550,000 for the 20 O&Os that aired the material.
CBS paid the fine as a prerequisite to filing the appeal, according to the report.
“We disagree strongly with the FCC’s conclusions and will continue to pursue all remedies necessary to affirm our legal rights,” CBS said in a statement.
The Super Bowl incident sparked unprecedented back-to-back congressional hearings on broadcast indecency, which led radio and television group owners to adopt zero-tolerance policies on indecency and install profanity-blocking equipment.