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Old 07-15-2005, 06:41 AM   #1
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ABC accused of Live 8 indecency

Parents group asks FCC to levy a fine on all stations who failed to censor obscenities in show.
July 15, 2005: 9:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A parents group on Thursday accused the ABC television network of violating broadcast decency standards when it failed to censor all profanity uttered during the recent Live 8 concert, an event held to draw attention to poverty in poor countries.

The Parents Television Council, which has filed numerous complaints about potentially indecent material on television, asked the Federal Communications Commission to levy a fine on ABC stations for failing to censor the July 2 performance of "Who Are You" by The Who.

"The program was aired on a tape delay, which should have given ABC ample time to edit all obscenities from the concert prior to broadcast," Tim Winter, PTC executive director, said in a statement.

The complaint was filed against the Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA, but the council asked the FCC to take action against all the ABC stations that aired the profanity, according to a spokeswoman for the organization.

U.S. law bars radio and television broadcasters from airing obscene material, and limits them to airing indecent material, typically profanity or sexually explicit content, to late night hours when children are less likely to be watching.

"Unfortunately, one inappropriate phrase sung by one performer was initially missed and made it into the East Coast network feed," ABC said in a statement. "It was subsequently edited out of the West Coast feed."

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. (Research)

The FCC in the past has gone both ways in handling profanity on television. It decided against taking action when ABC aired the profanity-laden film "Saving Private Ryan." Yet the agency said NBC stations violated the law when Irish U2 rocker Bono swore during the 2003 Golden Globe Awards program, although it issued no fines.

Networks and federal regulators are clashing over indecency standards -- read more here.
*taken from cnn.com*
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Is this directed towards me?
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No, silly!! That's the quote. The infringement
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Oh...

I kinda figured that out after I posted...

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What about the Madonna, Robbie, and Snoop Dogg performances? They all swore too as far as I can recall
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The PTC is a joke.
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OK, fine the network. It's not exactly the biggest crime in the world but if it's been agreed that this isn't acceptable, just do it. I personally think a kid is going to hear this kind of thing at school anyway, and there are worse things in the world, but if that's what they decided it's the law.
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What I thought was odd is that the BBC didn't censor any of the TV coverage, and yet they didn't broadcast the Snoop Dogg or Velvet Revolver sets on Radio 2 because of the swearing they envisaged would, and did indeed, occur!
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If the FCC cares *that* much, why not make THEM in charge of censoring live broadcast performances/award shows?
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Oh, lighten the fuck up. It's for a good cause. Dicks.

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Oh, lighten the cluck up. It's for a good cause. Tricks.


There.... isn't that better? (j/k)
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LOL

i love how violence is such an INGRAINED part of society that hardly gets a peek out of people but saying fuck and everyones running for the phones..

our society is sure messed up.
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i love how violence is such an INGRAINED part of society that hardly gets a peek out of people but saying fuck and everyones running for the phones..

our society is sure messed up.
I agree that this is based on some ridiculous priorities. Isn't murder or beating up on someone worse than a bit of raunchy language?
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Yea...and considering how morally outraged this people are...they should be morally outraged about the emergency behind Live8. I'd think it'd be harder as a parent trying to explain to my kids why they are showing pictures of children their own age dying because of where they were born, than explaining how "fuck" is a word not to be used.

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