Electing not to contest the largest single indecency fine in radio history, Clear Channel on Thursday wrote a check for $755,000 to the U.S. Treasury, most of it for three-year-old broadcasts by Bubba the Love Sponge deemed indecent by the FCC.
"We fully accept our responsibility for airing inappropriate content, and our company will accept the consequences," said Clear Channel Radio President/CEO John Hogan, acknowledging that the no-contest decision puts an indecency mark on the company's record. "Our company simply does not want to be associated with indecency. We know we can deliver great radio without compromising our integrity as broadcasters."
The decision to pay is the latest in a series of moves signaling a dramatic lane change at radio's largest company. Last week it fired WXTB/Tampa-based Bubba, suspended Howard Stern from the six stations it owns that carried the show, and announced a zero-tolerance indecency policy.