PTC Asks FCC to Fine ABC Affils for ‘Live 8’ Profanity

Jul 14, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The watchdog Parents Television Council on Thursday asked the Federal Communications Commission to fine the ABC TV network’s affiliates for allegedly airing the F-word during the prime-time broadcast of the network’s July 2 “Live 8: A Worldwide Concert Event.” PTC said the pre-recorded show, broadcast from 8-9 p.m. (ET), included the lyric, “Who the f*ck are you,” during a song by The Who.

Tim Winter, PTC executive director, said the fact that the program was aired on a tape delay should have given ABC time to edit out indecencies. Said Mr. Winter: “ABC took steps to edit other profanity from the broadcast. But given the time of day that this program aired, the broad family appeal of the Live 8 event as well as the program’s PG rating, ABC should have been more diligent.”

In response, an ABC spokesperson said: “ABC producers successfully edited out numerous instances of inappropriate language from the `Live 8′ performances before they were aired on the ABC television network.

Unfortunately, one inappropriate phrase sung by one performer was initially missed and made it into the East Coast network feed. It was subsequently edited out of the West Coast feed.”