Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Fox, the network that won the "fleeting expletives" case against the FCC in the Second Circuit, a case that will now be heard in the Supreme Court, is now refusing to pay the much diminished fine that the agency has imposed against it and some affiliates for a "Married By America" episode in which contestants licked whipped cream off some strippers in what the FCC thought was a "suggestive" manner. Instead, the network is appealing the fine. The FCC had originally imposed a sanction of more than a million dollars, but then slashed it to less than $100,000. Nevertheless, Fox says it will appeal on principle, without paying the fine, which is also an unusual move. Read more here.