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Mar 12, 2004  •  Post A Comment

FCC Fines Clear Channel

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that it had fined Clear Channel Communications $247,500 for a total of nine incidents of indecency broadcast on three company radio stations in Washington, Richmond, Va., and Bethany Beach, Del. According to the FCC, the indecent remarks were references to oral sex on the “Elliot in the Morning” program. The FCC said the $247,500 represented the maximum fine that could be issued under current law, which caps levies at $27,500 per incident.

FTC Nielsen Probe Stalled due to AAAA: The Federal Trade Commission’s probe into monopolistic practices by Nielsen Media Research has stalled because the American Association of Advertising Agencies, which instigated the inquiry, has not responded to a request from the FTC for additional information. “At this time, the Four A’s is not providing additional information to the FTC regarding the inquiry,” a Four A’s spokesman said.

The spokesman said the FTC was unlikely to go ahead without more information from the Four A’s, adding that he didn’t know whether the Four A’s planned to provide additional information. The inquiry involved the use of Nielsen numbers by outside data processing companies that help analyze data for ad agencies. Reportedly, Nielsen recently reached agreements with those companies that call for the agencies to pay extra fees to Nielsen when those outside firms use Nielsen data.

Janet Jackson to Perform on ‘GMA’: Janet Jackson will perform nearly live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, March 31, the eve of the U.S. release of her new album, “Damita Jo.” It will be Ms. Jackson’s first TV performance since she bared her breast during the Super Bowl halftime show and all but guaranteed that broadcasters will pay dramatically increased fines for programming deemed indecent by the Federal Communications Commission.

Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer are scheduled interview Ms. Jackson before she performs, although a “GMA” spokeswoman said the details still are to be worked out on how and when to get the co-anchors from the morning show’s Times Square studio to Battery City Park at the southern tip of Manhattan.

“GMA” will delay by five seconds the concert portion of the show, which is scheduled to be open to the public.