ABC Faces Hefty FCC Fine for Bare Bottom

Stiff penalty a sign that group is reviving its anti-indecency crusade
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 2:01 PM CST
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(Newser) – The airing of a woman’s bare bottom almost five years ago could cost ABC $1.43 million, if the FCC gets its way. The media watchdog levied the maximum penalty last night against the Disney-owned broadcaster for a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue. The stiff penalty is a sign the FCC’s anti-indecency initiative is back in full force, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The penalty “should serve as a reminder” the FCC will continue monitoring programs for offensive content, the agency said, arguing broadcasters can air indecent programming only between 10pm and 6am. ABC says the fine is out of line because the scene was in keeping with the show, and parents knew to steer clear.