Court Says Profanity Arguments Can Be Televised

Court Says Profanity Arguments Can Be Televised 1All that talk about “profane” talk not belonging on TV will be on TV after all.

The oral arguments in broadcasters challenge to the FCC’s March profanity rulings against Fox Billboard Awards broadcasts will be allowed to be televised.

That’s according to the docket of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. The court has informed the attorneys involved that on December 11 it granted a request from C-SPAN to televise the December 20 arguments.

Arguments by broadcasters and the FCC are scheduled for 12 minutes per side, but could and probably will go longer.

The televised coverage is “uncommon but not unprecedented,” said Andrew Schwartzman of the Media Access Project, which is representing intervenor Center for Creative voices.


Broadcaster petitioners–led by Fox–are scheduled Wednesday to file their briefs with the court buttressing their case and responding to the FCC’s defense of its rulings that the Billboard Awards broadcast of variants of the F-word and S-word by Cher and Nicole Richie were indecent by contemporary community standards.

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