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FCC Reaffirms Forfeitures Totaling $1.4 Million for Alleged Misuse of EAS Tones

Posted in Advertising Issues, Broadcast Regulation
The FCC is standing behind its proposed forfeitures against Viacom and ESPN for allegedly misusing the EAS tones in a movie trailer.  As we previously wrote, in March 2014, the FCC proposed almost $2 million in combined fines against Viacom, NBCUniversal, and ESPN based on allegations that these programmers repeatedly transmitted a trailer for the… Continue Reading

Conducting Contests Substantially As Advertised, Even When You Have to Change the Rules

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Contests
On March 20, 2014, the FCC fined two Indiana radio station licensees a total of $12,000 for failing to conduct a contest “substantially as announced.”  The contest at issue, the “Par 3 Shoot Out,” involved two stages – an online golf competition for which the station awarded weekly prizes consisting of Victoria National Golf Club… Continue Reading

Beware: Outside of an Actual Emergency, Transmitting EAS Tones or Similar Sounds Can Be Costly

Posted in Broadcast Regulation
The FCC is cracking down hard on the use of EAS tones in non-emergency situations, proposing more than $1.9 million in combined fines against Viacom, NBCUniversal, and ESPN (the “Companies”) based on complaints alleging that the Companies repeatedly broadcast a single movie trailer that included real or simulated EAS tones. These largest proposed fines to… Continue Reading