Vice Squad
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Viacom Settles FCC Indecency Investigations...

...for a cool $3.5 million. This settlement does not include the Super Bowl kerfuffle, but does cover investigations into Howard Stern and the "shock jock duo" Opie and Anthony. The settlement has other terms, of course, including imposing upon Viacom the duty "to train its broadcasters and employees about indecency laws." Of what will this training consist? Perhaps something like, "The FCC can't tell you in advance what constitutes indecency, but if some dude complains about what you broadcast, then the FCC might fine you a whole lot."

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