The Federal Communications Commission has been dismissing indecency complaints against television stations and programs, according to one of its commissioners, B&C reported.
Commissioner Robert McDowell says the complaints stand in the way of pending license renewals, and the dismissals should pave the way for those renewals to go through.
McDowell indicated the dismissals have been going on without much fanfare, through the agency’s Enforcement Bureau, and they involve complaints that fall outside of the FCC’s scope of authority.
“That includes complaints against programming that had aired between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., when the FCC’s indecency rules do not apply, and ones dealing with violent content, over which the FCC has no authority,” the story reports. “FCC sources in the past have also pointed to the dropping of some complaints due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.”
It has been reported recently that more than 1 million complaints were being processed. In comments Monday to the National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference in Washington, McDowell said about 15,000 broadcasts received complaints last year, and the agency has narrowed them down to about 8,700.