Clear Channel's Stern Suspension Becomes Permanent
April 8, 2004

Howard Stern won't be coming back to "The X" in Pittsburgh.  Or KIOZ/San Diego,  or any of the six Clear Channel stations that suspended his show on February 25.

Shortly after the FCC issued Clear Channel a nearly half-million dollar indecency fine for a Stern show it carried last year, the company announced its suspension was permanent.

"Mr. Stern's show has created a great liability for us and for other broadcasters who air it," CC Radio President/CEO John Hogan said. "The Congress and the FCC are even beginning to look at revoking station licensees. That's a risk we're just not willing to take."

When Clear Channel suspended Stern from WXDX/Pittsburgh, KIOZ/San Diego, WBGG/Miami, WTKS/Orlando, WTFX/Louisville and WNVE/Rochester, it said it would keep his show on the sidelines until it received assurances that Stern would come into compliance with FCC rules. Hogan says no such assurance have been given.

"We had hoped to return Mr. Stern's show to the air free from indecent content,"Hogan continued. "Unfortunately, the FCC's latest action, combined with the deafening silence from the Stern show on their future plans to comply with the law, leave us no choice but to abandon the program for good."




 
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