From CitizenLink.com (a Focus on the Family site): FCC: Unscripted Profanity OK on News Programs

FCC: Unscripted Profanity OK on News Programs

Agency reverses its earlier finding.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reversed itself this week and ruled that profanity can be used on news programs — but still not on awards shows or entertainment programs.

The agency reversed an earlier ruling concerning an incident on CBS’ The Early Show in which a Survivor contestant uttered a foul word in an interview. The FCC had said it violated indecency rules, but now said news programs have an exemption.

At the same time, the FCC upheld its decision that profanities used by winners and presenters in the 2003 Billboard Music Awards qualified as indecent.

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