Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 2:21am
PTC WILLING TO ACCEPT SENATE INDECENCY BILL
[SOURCE: TVWeek, AUTHOR: Doug Halonen]
An executive of the Parents Television Council said Tuesday his group will be satisfied if the House of Representatives opts to end the debate over indecent TV programming by dropping its own legislation and accepting a Senate bill that would simply raise the cap on federal fines to $325,000. A bill approved by the House last year would raise the cap to $500,000, and also includes provisions that would clear the way for the FCC to fine on-air talent for infractions -- not just the broadcast licensees -- and would allow the agency to revoke the licenses of repeat offenders. "The consensus is for raising the fines, and [lawmakers are] willing to accept two-thirds of a loaf," said Blair Levin, an analyst for Stifel Nicolaus.
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