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.