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Bono Backed By Broadcasters in FCC Indecency Crackdown

Posted on Wednesday, April 21 @ 08:09:34 CEST by Macphisto

(AntiMusic.com) -- U2 frontman Bono has a lot of heavy weights going to bat for him against the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) over his 2003 swearing incident during a live broadcast. A coalition of broadcasters, artist rights groups and media heavyweights filed a petition with the FCC on Monday asking the regulators to reconsider a recent profanity ruling over the Bono incident that many consider the first in the FCC’s efforts to crackdown on indecency since the Janet Jackson breast bearing at the Super Bowl in January.

The coalition consisting of over 20 signatures to the petition, warn that the recent crackdown were already threatening free speech on TV and radio. They also feel that the FCC has overstepped their constitutional authority. Viacom Inc., Fox Entertainment Group, and the Screen Actors' Guild were among those that signed the petition that protests the FCC’s finding in March that NBC affiliate television stations had violated a federal profanity law during a live broadcast of the Golden Globe awards in 2003, when U2 frontman Bono blurted out the words “fucking brilliant” from the stage. The FCC had previous ruled, prior to Nipple-gate, that it was in inadvertent slip of the tongue and did not violate the law.

The FCC has recently proposed stiffer penalties for broadcast indecency including higher fines and revoking broadcast licenses for repeated offenses.

If the FCC dismissed the request of the petitioners, the next step is to take the issue to court.

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