CBS Pays 'Indecency' Fine in Order to Challenge It

01 August 2006

NEW YORK: CBS on Monday paid the $550,000 (€431.44m; £294.99m) 'indecency' fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission. It did so only to challenge that body's legal right to levy the penalty for televising the baring of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime broadcast.

US law requirement that a fine must first be paid before it can be challenged and CBS has asked the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the FCC's finding that the momentary mammary exposure violated federal indecency law.

Says the broadcaster: "We disagree strongly with the FCC's conclusions and will continue to pursue all remedies necessary to affirm our legal rights." The halftime incident, insists CBS, was "inappropriate and unexpected" and it had taken steps to prevent a recurrence.