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FCC considering loosening up rules on profanity and nudity on TV networks and radio

Posted at: 04/11/2013 5:09 PM
Updated at: 04/11/2013 5:27 PM
By: Ray Levato

Should the worst profanity and nudity be allowed on the major television networks and radio? The FCC is considering loosening up the rules.

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has ordered a review of the FCC's indecency policies. He did this to ensure the policies are consistent with what he calls vital first amendment principles.

The review came about after a Supreme Court ruling last year. The FCC tried to fine FOX for swearing on the air and ABC for showing brief nudity. But the high court ruled the FCC's indecency standards were “impermissibly vague.

Should the worst four letter words and nudity be allowed on the airwaves? News10NBC spoke with WCMF radio morning personalities Dave Kane and Bill Moran. WCMF, like other stations in town, does talk radio in the morning and the topics can be racey. Callers occasionally have to be bleeped out. Moran is in favor of relaxing the indecency standards as long as the words are not used for shock value.

Bill Moran, WCMF radio personality, said, “If it's change for fleeting (profanity), I think it's overdue. I think that most people when they're expressing emotion use that kind of language. These aren't done to titillate or to shock people. It's actually the way somebody talks. And sometimes, when there's a "holy” that flies out of somebody's mouth, it really kind of capsulizes the moment and how they really feel in that moment.”

Pam Criscuolo said, “No, absolutely not. I don't think children need to hear the that. I don't need to hear it. It's not part of what I think our culture needs.”

Sean Bronson said, “There should be restrictions, definitely restrictions on what people do and how they do it in this society because I guess we're already lawless enough. And we need more law and order for our children so some positive changes can happen.”

The FCC says it's just focusing on only the most serious complaints.

To let the FCC know what you think, you can mail a letter or file comments online.

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