Your records, please: the war on "indecency".
The details are still hazy: The commissioners haven't decided how long the airchecks must be retained, and it's not yet clear whether the government will insist on recordings of all broadcasts or only of programs transmitted between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., when "indecent" material is prohibited. But the commission hopes to resolve those questions and enact the new regulation as quickly as possible. When its "notice of proposed rulemaking" was issued on July 6, public comments were due just 24 days later.
The FCC is aware that the new requirement could be a burden on independent stations, and it has specifically requested comments on "the impact that retention rules may have on small broadcasters." But the news for the business community isn't all bad. As the industry publication Inside Radio notes, "Makers of digital aircheck equipment are in for a bonanza."
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|Title Annotation:||Citings; broadcasters to retain airchecks|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2004|
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