Sen. Brownback Writes Karmazin Over Stern Show
March 4, 2004


Sam Brownback

After Howard Stern predicted earlier this week that Infinity will be forced into firing him, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback has written a letter to Viacom head Mel Karmazin demanding an explanation of Infinity's decision to broadcast a sexually explicit Stern interview with Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend in light of the company's new zero-tolerance indecency policy. It was the same broadcast that got Stern suspended  from Clear Channel stations.

"I am writing to you to inquire about your company's policies regarding the broadcast of indecent material, and, specifically, how those policies have been implemented with respect to recent broadcasts by Howard Stern," Brownback wrote in the letter, according to Variety. "In addition, please explain how, in light of the Stern broadcast, that policy failed to prevent such patently indecent material from being broadcast over the public airwaves," he wrote.

After the Super Bowl fiasco, Karmazin sent a memo to Infinity GMs about the zero tolerance policy that read, "Any station airing programming that has any sexual or excretory content needs to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that the programming is not even arguably indecent." He also said that Infinity will not be "a poster child for indecency."

Viacom spokesman Carl Folta told Variety that Karmazin will respond to the letter.




 
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