US Broadcasters Forms Indecency Task Force

05 April 2004

America's National Association of Broadcasters is setting up a task force to examine how its members can steer clear of 'indecent' programming.

Amid growing political pressure on broadcasters to keep the airwaves pristine, the NAB last week held a closed-door summit meeting of America's biggest radio and TV firms, regulators and lawmakers [WAMN: 01-Apr-04].

The result of that meeting will be a task force of as-yet-unnamed NAB members. This will study ways to respond to the criticism directed at broadcasters in recent weeks (a clampdown many believe is not unrelated to the upcoming presidential election).

One possible course of action is the creation of a code of conduct for TV and radio firms. Such a code existed until 1982, when it was scrapped after a legal challenge from the Justice Department.

The task force will meet for the first time at the NAB's convention in Las Vegas in two weeks' time.

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