Viacom vs. FCC Could Begin Next Week
August 19, 2004

The long-awaited FCC fine for the now-infamous Janet Jackson/Super Bowl incident could come down on Viacom as early as next week.  Sources tell Broadcasting & Cable that the FCC will soon sign off on the fine, which is expected to be $550,000.  It could be officially announced by the week of August 30 at the latest.

Last month, the FCC Enforcement Bureau recommended the fine to its commissioners.  Also in July, Viacom Co-President Les Moonves said that he would take the FCC to court if they make CBS-owned TV stations pay part of the fine.  Broadcasting & Cable says that First Amendment lawyers are rooting for Moonves to fight the FCC in court, because it could lead to a review by the Supreme Court of all FCC indecency fines and regulations.




 
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