Levinson Slams Fcc For Censorship
Oscar-winning film-maker BARRY LEVINSON has hit out at American broadcasting regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for allegedly "intimidating" a US network into editing his new TV series. The 63-year-old is convinced the FCC's spate of issuing fines has left broadcasters wary, and scenes of girls kissing and undressing in THE BEDFORD DIARIES, which Levinson produces, have suffered as a result. He says, "The network is very fearful of what the FCC has been doing. "They're intimidating the networks and levying these fines, so the networks are not sure of what they can or can't do. "The FCC doesn't look at anything in context. They're upset that two girls kissed, period." Last week (ends 24MAR06), the FCC fined hit FBI drama WITHOUT A TRACE a record $3.6 million (GBP2.1 million) fine for depicting sex orgies involving teenagers. A spokesperson for the WB network - which screens The Bedford Diaries - comments, "We have always been mindful of the FCC's indecency rules. "Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to make some additional changes."