A handful of artists and celebrities have taken to live TV to use obscene language and put networks at risk of violating FCC decency rules. Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday told Fox Business Network “If we are presented with some complaints, we are duty-bound to enforce the law. And the law that is on the books today requires broadcast TV to keep it clean, so to speak. And so we take that obligation seriously.”
The Capitol Broadcasting NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., that cut the audio nine different times during last night’s broadcast of Saturday Night Live is reconsidering its policies on obscenity and decency. In a post made to its website Sunday afternoon, GM Steve Hammel said the station would review its policies and procedures, and seek viewer input as it did so.
As the Republican National Convention kicked off Tuesday, Morality in Media is crowing over convincing the GOP to adopt platform language calling for a crackdown on pornography. Although the official text of the platform hasn’t been released, Morality in Media says that the previous platform only targeted child pornography but will now read, “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”