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Karmazin Urges Creation of ‘Clear’ Indecency Guidelines

Karmazin Urges Creation of ‘Clear’ Indecency Guidelines

Viacom President/COO Mel Karmazin says the indecency standards used to be clear, and are no more. In testimony before the House Telecom Subcommittee, Karmazin said the vagueness of the current indecency standards makes them hard for broadcasters to follow, and hard for the FCC to enforce them. He urged the FCC to begin a rulemaking on indecency.
“We will fulfill whatever laws the FCC and Congress enact.”
In the meantime, his company is cooperating with the commission’s investigation of the Jackson incident, an investigation, that continues, he said.
The company is already reviewing its ads to ensure they fall within internal guidelines. Infinity radio stations “that produce their own potentially problematic live” programming will continue to use tape delay systems and Infinity will continue to discipline employees, including firing them, should they fail to use those systems, he said.