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FCC Tough On Pirates, Indecency

FCC Tough On Pirates, Indecency

FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief David Solomon believes the message has made it to broadcasters and the public that the FCC is “serious about enforcement.”
In a report card of its first year as a new bureau, Solomon said enforcement staff took more than 180 pirates off the air, more than the 150 unlicensed operators it busted in the previous year.
The agency also issued more than $80,000 worth of forfeitures for indecency and $36,000 Notices of Apparent Liability for stations illegally airing telephone conversations.
Broadcasters have complained the agency’s indecency guidelines are vague. Solomon confirmed for RW Online the commission is working on new guidelines that should be out “relatively soon.”
Leslie Stimson