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Some TV Stations shelved "Private Ryan" Amid FCC Fears
TV teen sex orgy complaints came from people who never saw the show
Cleveland Anchor Appears Nude in TV Report

 

TV teen sex orgy complaints came from people who never saw the show



The FCC fined CBS $3 million for the teen sex orgy scene in Without a Trace. (View it, if you dare, here - then click on the image.). Now CBS is saying the fine is invalid because the people who complained didn't even know what they were complaining about. They were just robotically following the orders of their cult leaders at the PTC and the American Family Association

CBS says that 100% of the 4,211 complaints filed with the feds about this episode of "Without A Trace" came from web-based e-mail form letters originating from 2 right-wing christian groups (the PTC and the American Family Association). Only two complainers claimed to have seen the show, but made an inaccurate reference to another scene, thus blowing their cover.

But the brunt of the issue lies with a technicality in the indecency complaint process: the FCC can only consider complaints from viewers in the station's broadcast area. Therefore, CBS alleges, the PTC and AFA-initiated complaints against "Without A Trace" are invalid.
Source: www.boingboing.net/2006/06/14/tv_teen_sex_orgy_com.html

Some TV Stations shelved "Private Ryan" Amid FCC Fears


At least 20 of 225 ABC stations said they wouldn't mark Veterans Day by airing Saving Private Ryan. The pre-emptive move reflects TVs increasing converns about indecency questions. (The FCC is out of control.) 

Cleveland Anchor Appears Nude in TV Report


A television news anchor appeared on the air nude in a first-person report about an artist's photographs, drawing a record number of viewers for the time slot, the station said.

Sharon Reed was one of hundreds of people who participated in Spencer Tunick's nude photo installation in Cleveland in June. Her report, shown Monday on the 11 p.m. newscast on WOIO-TV, showed far away angles of her nude and some closer seminude shots, as well as other participants.

The report comes in the midst of increased attention to the airwaves, following Janet Jackson's breast-baring performance during the Super Bowl halftime show. The Federal Communications Commission proposed a record fine of $550,000 against CBS, WOIO's parent network. The network is protesting.

On Tuesday, ABC apologized for the intro to "Monday Night Football" that featured a supposedly naked actress jumping into a player's arms in a spoof of the television show "Desperate Housewives."

WOIO news director Steve Doerr said the idea was to cover Tunick, a well-known artist, in a different way. Doerr said the story also was aimed at bringing in ratings during November sweeps when audiences are measured to set advertising rates.

Monday night's newscast received a record 17.1 share, compared with the 13.6 earned during the newscast airing immediately after this year's Super Bowl, according to Broadcasting & Cable, an industry publication.

The station aired advisories before the piece, and FCC spokeswoman Janice Wise on Wednesday said WOIO followed commission rules that prohibit indecent material from being aired on broadcast television from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Doerr said the station received mostly supportive messages from viewers. Reed said she considered it an important story about art.

Source: www.xposed.com/headline_news/55_ds_1241262.aspx

ABC Apologizes for Intro to 'Monday Night Football': Opening Spoofed ABC Show 'Desperate Housewives'


ABC apologized Tuesday for a steamy intro to 'Monday Night Football'' after receiving complaints from viewers and the National Football League.

(Eagles WR Terrell Owens and actress Nicollette Sheridan took part in a steamy intro to 'Monday Night Football.' )

The spot featured a supposedly naked Nicollette Sheridan jumping into the arms of Terrell Owens.

Before the game, ABC showed the actress and the Philadelphia Eagles star in an empty locker room in an attempt to spoof the network hit 'Desperate Housewives.' Sheridan, who stars in the show, was wearing only a towel and provocatively asked Owens to skip the game for her.

After she dropped her towel, he smiled, agreed to be late for the contest and she jumped into his arms. Sheridan was shown only from behind and above the waist after she dropped the towel.

Then the shot cut to two more stars of 'Desperate Housewives,' Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, watching the scene unfold on a television and commenting on desperate women.

"We have heard from many of our viewers about last night's 'MNF' opening segment and we agree that the placement was inappropriate,'' ABC said. "We apologize.''

The NFL called the intro "inappropriate and unsuitable for our 'Monday Night Football' audience.''

"While ABC may have gained attention for one of its other shows, the NFL and its fans lost,'' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

The Eagles said they appreciated ABC apologizing for the segment.

"It is normal for teams to cooperate with ABC in the development of an opening for its broadcast,'' the team said. "After seeing the final piece, we wish it hadn't aired.''

ABC has broadcast 'Monday Night Football' with a 5-second delay this season, a precaution after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction'' at February's Super Bowl halftime show -- when Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson's outfit, exposing her right breast to a TV audience of some 90 million. The game was broadcast on CBS, which is protesting a proposed record fine of $550,000 by the FCC.
Source: aolsvc.news.aol.com/special1/article.adp?id=20041116155409990002

FCC Expresses Disappointment Over 'MNF' Opening


The nation's chief media regulator expressed disappointment Wednesday over the steamy locker room opening to ABC's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast.

"I wonder if Walt Disney would be proud," said Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.

The opening, which has generated complaints to ABC and the FCC, featured actress Nicollette Sheridan of the hit show 'Desperate Housewives' in the locker room, wearing only a towel and provocatively asking Owens to skip the game for her. She drops the towel and jumps into the arms of Philadelphia Eagles star Terrell Owens. Sheridan was shown only from behind and above the waist after dropping the towel.

Powell questioned the judgment of those who decided to air the scene.

"It would seem to me that while we get a lot of broadcasting companies complaining about indecency enforcement, they seem to be continuing to be willing to keep the issue at the forefront, keep it hot and steamy in order to get financial gains and the free advertising it provides," Powell said during an interview on CNBC.

An FCC spokeswoman said the agency has received a number of complaints about the ABC broadcast, though she declined to say how many.

The complaints will be reviewed and the commission will decide whether or not to open an investigation that could result in a fine against the network. The maximum indecency fine is $32,500 per incident.

ABC quickly apologized for the locker room intro. And the NFL called it "inappropriate and unsuitable for our 'Monday Night Football' audience."

ABC has broadcast 'Monday Night Football' with a 5-second delay this season, a precaution after singer Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at February's Super Bowl halftime show - when singer Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson's outfit, exposing her right breast to a TV audience of some 90 million people.

CBS is protesting a proposed FCC fine of $550,000 for the halftime show.
Source: aolsvc.news.aol.com/special1/article.adp?id=20041117122309990002  

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