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.

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