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FCC Probes Nicktoon’s Show for Regulatory Violations

Sep 23, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The Federal  Communications Commission is looking into whether or not an animated TV show is kosher.

Following a complaint filed two weeks ago by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the FCC is probing Nicktoon’s new "Zevo-3" cartoon for potential violations of the Children’s Television Act, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

As previously reported, the advocacy group had asked the FCC to block the show because it claims the program is just an ad for Skechers children’s shoes. The show’s characters originally appeared in comic books made to market the shoes, the Los Angeles Times points out.

The FCC said it will seek comments on "Zevo-3," a move that can precede further investigations and a potential fine, the story says. The FCC’s rules on children’s programming limits the number of commercials allowed to air in shows geared for kids under 12, the story says.

According to the article, a Nickelodeon spokesman said the network doesn’t believe the show is a program-length commercial or that it violates the Children’s Television Act or any FCC rules.

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