Viacom Agrees to $3.5 Mil Consent Decree

Nov 23, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday announced that Viacom has agreed to a $3.5 million consent decree resolving all indecency complaints and investigations pending against its radio and TV stations. Under the deal, Viacom is supposed to launch a companywide compliance plan aimed at preventing future violations. The consent decree does not apply to a recent decision by the FCC to fine the company’s CBS $550,000 for Janet Jackson’s exposure of her breast on the network’s coverage of Super Bowl halftime. CBS is challenging that levy.

The decree insulates Viacom from indecency-based challenges to its radio and TV station licenses.