FCC’s Ferree Denies Request to Extend Indecency Rules to Satellite Radio

Dec 15, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Federal Communications Commission Media Bureau Chief Ken Ferree on Wednesday denied a request from a commercial broadcaster urging the agency to extend broadcast indecency prohibitions to satellite radio. In an effort to escape FCC indecency enforcement, Infinity Broadcasting shock jock Howard Stern recently announced plans to take his controversial show to Sirius Satellite Radio.

According to the FCC, Saul Levine, president of Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, a commercial radio station owner with properties in the Los Angeles area, formally petitioned the agency to launch a rulemaking proceeding to subject satellite radio to the same indecency prohibitions that commercial radio stations face. But in a brief letter Wednesday to Mr. Levine, Mr. Ferree said Mr. Levine had not presented “a basis to revisit” agency precedent exempting subscription-based services from indecency oversight. Mr. Levine could not be reached for comment.