Record Fine for Clear Channel’s Indecent Broadcasts

10 June 2004

The US Federal Communications Commission has finally succeeded in securing over $1.7 million (€1.4m; £0.9m) as a penalty payment from Clear Channel Communications over indecency complaints.

As the largest ever fine paid by a broadcaster to the commission, the payment represents more than just money. Michael K Powell, the FCC chairman sees it as an admission by Clear Channel that its broadcasts were indecent – a confession not readily forthcoming from most broadcasters.

Clear Channel, however, appears to accept the decision, vowing not to challenge it in court.

Among the indecencies include a Howard Stern radio show broadcast last April focusing on anal coition.

Data sourced from: New York Times; additional content by WARC staff