Following the recent record fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission on Clear Channel Communications for indecent broadcasts [WAMN: 10-Jun-04], the US Senate is apparently convinced of the power of money to deter future trouble.

Currently, the maximum penalty is $27,500 (€22,752; £15,121), but senators voted by an overwhelming 99-1 to up the maximum tenfold. Broadcasters could even be fined more in particular circumstances.

Additional amendments also had no trouble in being passed: violent programmes are now to be shown only after children are no longer likely to be watching.

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