American shock jock Howard Stern's radio show is at the centre of yet
another battle - this time for comments made in 2001.
VIACOM INC's radio unit is currently contesting a $27,500 (GBP15,270) fine
imposed by the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) for a three-year-old
Stern show, saying the penalty is part of a federal campaign to undermine
In March (04), the FCC announced it would fine Viacom's INFINITY
BROADCASTING CORP for a Stern show which described "sexual and excretory"
activities at an hour when children may have been listening.
In its petition, Infinity said the sexual descriptions on Stern's show
were unintelligible to children.
Stern's show has been removed from a number of radio networks in the light
of stricter indecency laws currently sweeping America.