Fox Appeals $1.8 Million Indecency Fine

Fox Appeals $1.8 Million Indecency Fine
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Fox Broadcasting is fighting a proposed $1.8 million indecency fine for a TV program and says the FCC's broadcast indecency rules are unconstitutional because they don't also apply to cable and satellite broadcasting.
Fox joins Viacom and NBC, which also have high-profile indecency appeals before the commission. Observers say any of the three have the potential to become a test case for the broadcast indecency rules at the Supreme Court.


Increased Indecency Fines Take Effect

President Bush recently signed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, increasing the potential fines for broadcasting indecent material by a factor of 10. The former max - a mere pittance at $32,500 per violation - is history. Now you're looking at a much heftier $325,000 per violation, up to a limit of $3 million per day.