Clear Channel has purchased over $500,000 worth of new delay gear for its stations that air potentially sensitive material or take live callers. In a press release, the company said the upgrade is one more step in its "Responsible Broadcasting Initiative."
"We want our program directors and on-air talent to have all the tools they need to comply with the law," EVP of Law and Government Affairs Andrew Levin said. "Parents who have children in our audience deserve nothing less."
The new equipment can accommodate up to a 20-second delay and is primarily intended for programs that will be monitored in-studio "on the fly," says CC engineering exec Steve Davis.
But for more sensitive live programs where a monitor outside the studio is preferable, the company is developing an in-house solution expected to provide an unprecedented five-minute delay.
"A five minute delay just isn't commercially available right now," Davis says. "But Clear Channel is putting its money where its mouth is.We've got engineers working around the clock on this solution, and we expect to have a system in place within days."