FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani doesn’t think the FCC should require tapes or transcripts to accompany complaints about broadcast indecency. A recent Enforcement Bureau ruling dismissing a complaint against WTXF-TV, Philadelphia for this reason sparked Tristani’s ire.
“People do not normally tape or transcribe the programs they are watching or listening to, and thus it is unfair to expect people file such material with their complaints,” stated Tristani. “If for some reason the complainant happens to have that information, the easier it will be for the Commission to evaluate the complaint. But failing to produce that kind of documentation should not result in dismissal of indecency complaints, as is the Bureau’s general practice.”
A viewer complained that “full frontal male and female nudity was broadcast as part of a news program” without advance warning.