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Posted: 9/22/2004 10:55:06 AM EDT
CBS fined $550,000.00 for Janet's tit...

FCC Fines CBS $550,000 for Jackson Super Bowl Show
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The Federal Communications Commission (search) voted unanimously to slap each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations with the maximum indecency penalty of $27,500. The total penalty of $550,000 is the largest fine levied against a television broadcaster. Most of the FCC's bigger fines have been against radio stations.

The commission decided not to fine CBS' more than 200 affiliate stations, which also aired the show but are not owned by the network's parent company, Viacom.

MTV, a Viacom subsidiary, produced the Feb. 1 halftime show, which featured Jackson and singer Justin Timberlake (search) performing a racy duet. At the end, Timberlake ripped off a piece of Jackson's black leather top, exposing her right breast to a TV audience of about 90 million.

Timberlake blamed a "wardrobe malfunction," and CBS was quick to apologize to viewers. The breast-baring song generated a record number of complaints to the FCC -- more than 500,000.

Viacom has said it will fight any fines leveled against its stations for the Jackson performance. Over the summer, Viacom co-president Leslie Moonves said a fine would be "grossly unfair" and promised a court challenge.

Federal law bars radio and non-cable television stations from airing references to sexual and excretory functions between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., when children may be tuning in. Once a complaint is made to the FCC, the agency determines whether the broadcast was indecent.

Within days of the Jackson incident, lawmakers on Capitol Hill (search) began grumbling about smut on TV, and both houses passed legislation -- still pending in Congress -- that would raise indecency fines. The House has voted to raise the maximum indecency fine to $500,000. The Senate voted to increase the top fine to $275,000 per indecent incident, with a cap of $3 million per day.

The FCC launched a crackdown on indecency soon after the Super Bowl, resulting in several high-profile fines. Among them: a $755,000 fine against Clear Channel for graphic drug and sex talk on a "Bubba the Love Sponge" radio program and a record $1.75 million fine, also against Clear Channel, for indecency complaints against Howard Stern (search) and other radio personalities.

Television networks also began taking pre-emptive action by implementing broadcast delays so censors could scrub anything deemed too racy. CBS, for example, aired the Grammy awards ceremony a week after the Super Bowl with a five-minute delay. More recently, the NFL kicked off its season with a live, pregame show on ABC that was aired with a 10-second delay.

Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:09:58 AM EDT
Maybe that could can Dan Blather and get rid of another BOOB off their network . . . .
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:14:19 AM EDT
I don't care for CBS, but this fine is nonsense. Anyone who hasn't seen a tit is probably blind or in the first grade and I'm not too sure about them.

It was a stupid stunt. That's all.

I wonder how congress got the idea that everytime something offends a section of the public, they have to involve themselves in it.

It wasn't even a tit I'd like to see...

I think there may be one or two, that if exposed on National TV, I'd be sure and stay tuned in. I'd probably even kick in a little of the fine.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:23:49 AM EDT
Fuck you Dan Rather - you're next!

Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:25:42 AM EDT
No boobies is worth that much...

Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:28:11 AM EDT
Howard Stern will be crying about this tomorrow.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:31:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:41:54 AM EDT

Link Posted: 9/22/2004 1:07:36 PM EDT
CBS: While we're now unable to authenticate the boob, our unimpeachable source tells us that at one time Ms. Jackson possessed a real boob, albeit not in the same location as the boob in question. Therefore we stand by our story.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 3:06:01 PM EDT
CBS now stands for Cancel Boob Shots
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