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Friday, February 18, 2005

PBS on the Indecency Frontline

PBS is warning affiliates that it cannot protect them against federal indecency sanctions if they broadcast an unedited, profanity-laced version of its Frontline documentary, A Company of Soldiers. Not only that, stations airing the uncensored version must sign a waiver saying PBS isn't liable for FCC damages. And at least two gutsy stations are airing the "raw" version.

How much does it suck to be in the broadcast TV business these days? You can't even show an adult program like a war documentary without worrying about getting fined if a harmless f-word slips through. Bravo to the stations airing the original cut. Oh, and hope you have a good lawyer... the FCC is on line two.

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