We recently wrote about the Notice of Apparent Liability for violation of the FCC’s indecency rules that was issued last week by the Federal Communications Commission, proposing to fine 52 ABC network affiliates $27,500 each. This $1.4 million fine was suggested by the FCC for alleged violations which occurred almost 5 years ago in a broadcast of the now canceled television program NYPD Blue. For those interested in more details of the case, and about the cause of the trouble for these affiliates, our firm, Davis Wright Tremaine, has issued an Advisory to Clients, here providing more background. Clearly, this notice is not the end of the story – watch for more developments in this case in the coming months, as ABC and the affected stations file their responses to the fines proposed by the FCC.
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