PTC Files Indecency Complaint Against Sinclair's WJLA over 'GMA' F-Bomb

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    https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/ptc-files-indecency-complaint-against-sinclairs-wjla-over-gma-f-bomb

    Number one Sinclair did not produce the segment in question that aired on ABC News. The PTC for what ever reason decided to file an FCC complaint against WJLA-TV even though its not a Disney Owned station.

    The segment in question was about this.

    The Parents Television Council has filed a formal FCC indecency complaint against Sinclair’s WJLA Washington over an F-bomb that aired last month on Good Morning America, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by B&C.

    GMA is an ABC network show, but indecency complaints can only be filed against local stations, which are subject to the FCC’s indecency rules and responsible for the programming on their air no matter where it originates. Those rules prevent profanity from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., so the 7-9 a.m. GMA broadcast fell within actionable hours.

    There is a general exemption for news programming, which PTC conceded but said should apply to live content. The May 24 incident on GMA came as part of a previously taped audio clip from Howard Stern’s May 23 XM Radio show in which Stern used the F-word during an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress was discussing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged unwanted sexual advance in the mid-1990s and her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt’s reaction.

    “While we recognize that there is a news exemption from indecency laws, we believe that that exemption should only apply to live interviews where there is little opportunity to appropriately edit out indecent material,” said PTC. “That was not the case here. The word occurred during a taped and edited package segment.”

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