Big FCC Fine For Howard Stern Broadcast

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Big FCC Fine For Howard Stern Broadcast

APRIL 8--In another broadside at Howard Stern, the Federal Communications Commission today fined Clear Channel Communications a whopping $495,000 for last year's broadcast of an allegedly indecent bit on the King of All Media's popular radio program.

Acting on a listener complaint, the FCC hammered Clear Channel over an April 2003 broadcast during which Stern and his cohorts discussed their sexual practices and the use of a personal hygiene product called "Sphincterine." Included in the commission's notice of liability--which cites 18 alleged indecency violations--was a transcript of the offending broadcast, a copy of which you'll find here.

Until late-February, Clear Channel aired the shock jock's show on six of its stations. But the radio star was abruptly dumped after Clear Channel concluded that Stern's February 24 broadcast violated the media giant's new zero-tolerance decency standards.

Last month, Infinity Broadcasting (which employs Stern and airs his show nationwide) was fined $27,500 for a "graphic and explicit" July 2001 Stern show. (4 pages)