Subject: Re: fwd new radio station info
From: Barry Rueger (rueger@COMMUNITY-MEDIA.COM)
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 10:10:01 EDT
On 4 Aug 2005 at 9:05, Kevin Austin wrote:
> Could anyone explain the comment ... "Please send your work to us and
> specify any FCC violations to help us save time in review."
> Is this the equivalent of a "Parental Warning" or a form of
> pre-self-censorship ... from the Land of the Free and home of the
Unlike in Canada, where there are almost no specific prohibitions on
what can be broadcast, the US is heavily regulated.
In particular there are strict prohibitions on anything which might
be construed as obscene or indecent. That includes specific words -
George Carlin's Seven Words that you can't say on television for
instance - and many other things that may be considered of prurient
Since the election of George W Bush the FCC has swung to the right
and has stepped up enforcement of these prohibitions as well as
dramatically increasing the fines that the FCC is prepared to levy.
One "fuck" can cost you several hundred thousand dollars.
Of course there is a fair amount of hypocrisy in all of this. When
Bono pronounced that word on a live awards show broadcast the FCC
came down hard. When the same words appeared in the decidedly
patriotic "Saving Private Ryan" they turned a blind eye.
As well, it now seems that just bleeping out the "curse words" is not
enough. If it is obvious from context what is being deleted the FCC
can still fine you.
As it happens, almost all of the complaints of this nature filed with
the FCC come from one small conservative lobby group.
" According to a new FCC estimate obtained by the online media
journal, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003 -- 99.8 percent --
were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group
created by conservative media critic L. Brent Bozell.
The number of complaints soared dramatically to more than 240,000 in
2003, up from roughly 14,000 in 2002, and from fewer than 350 in each
of the two previous years, FCC Chairman Michael Powell told Congress
in February. "
What artists and broadcasters from other countries need to understand
is that American broadcasters live in considerable fear of the FCC
and will self-censor to any degree necessary to avoid getting into
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