Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 4:32am
EARLY HOUR FOR WAR SERIES, SALTY LANGUAGE AND ALL
[SOURCE: New York Times, AUTHOR: Elizabeth Jensen]
As it begins a 10-month publicity push leading up to the September 2007 broadcast of Ken Burnsâ€™s new documentary series on World War II, PBS plans to announce this week that the programs will be shown at 8 p.m., even though a couple of episodes contain obscenities. Burns has maintained all along that his seven-part series of â€œThe Warâ€ would be shown at 8 p.m., particularly because he wants it to be seen by young people who did not live through the war and its aftermath. But some in public television expressed concern over the summer that even the minimal use of obscenities would cause stations to run afoul of the Federal Communications Commissionâ€™s tightened policies against indecency, unless the series was broadcast after 10 p.m., when the FCCâ€™s â€œsafe harborâ€ period for children ends. Some episodes are likely to include viewer discretion warnings because of grim war images. In an interview from his New Hampshire office, Mr. Burns said last week that there were three clear-cut uses of obscenity in the seriesâ€™s 14Â½ hours, and that those words, which were used in voice-over, have in the past been granted exceptions by the FCC He called their use â€œso minor and so appropriate to the story.â€ Individual stations have the option of delaying the episodes until a later hour or just showing the nightly 10 p.m. rebroadcast that PBS will also schedule. Stations could conceivably also ask PBS and Mr. Burns to make available a version of the film that bleeps the offending words.
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