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Anonymous asked in News & EventsMedia & Journalism · 9 years ago

whos job is it to censor television?

doing a project for school. most specific gets best answer ;)

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  • 9 years ago
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    In the United States we treat broadcast television, where the content is sent out from towers and is available to anyone with a television set, and other television, such as cable and satellite television, where you have to get special equipment and pay a fee to get the content, differently. Cable and satellite television is not censored by any central authority.

    Broadcast television providers get exclusive use of a specific frequency in an area from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). To get this use of public airways a station must agree to follow certain rules which the FCC issues. These rules ban the use of certain language and any nudity during certain hours of the day, when children are likely to be watching. The FCC may issue fines if the rules are violated. Most people consider this a form of censorship. One famous case, which I believe is still being fought in the courts, was when one of Janet Jackson's nipples was seen (for less than a second) during the halftime program of the 2004 superbowl. The FCC issued a $550,000 fine to CBS for that incident. This is the case that brought "wardrobe malfunction" into common use.

    In addition, content providers have employees who are responsible for censoring the content they provide. Certain shows were famous for their battles with the censors. The "Smothers Brothers Comedy" show was continually being censored. and later canceled, for political content which would not have been prohibited by the FCC.

    Standards and rules change over time. Some examples of old rules which no longer apply are:

    When Lucille Ball was obviously pregnant during some episodes of the "I Love Lucy" show, no character on the show was ever allowed to say "pregnant" on the air.

    A man and a woman, even if fully clothed, could not be on the same bed at the same time unless at least one of them had at least one foot on the floor.

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  • 9 years ago

    The remote controller

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago


    'Walter, this isn't a First Amendment thing.'

    Source(s): The Big Lebowski
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  • 9 years ago

    the man.

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