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Updated 9:35 PM ET February 25, 2004

 

 

By Steve Gorman

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Radio station giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. said on Wednesday it was dumping nationally syndicated shock jock Howard Stern from its stations under a new "zero tolerance" policy toward indecency.

 

In dropping Stern from its six radio outlets that carry his show, Clear Channel cited his interview on Tuesday with Rick Salomon, the man who was filmed having sex with hotel heiress and TV reality star Paris Hilton in a video widely distributed on Internet porn sites.

 

According to a transcript of the show released by San Antonio, Texas-based Clear Channel, Stern asked Salomon if he engaged in anal sex and referred to the size of his penis. Using a racist term, a caller to the show asked Solomon if he had ever had sex with any famous black women.

 

The action against Stern came a day after Clear Channel fired Florida radio personality "Bubba the Love Sponge," after federal regulators accused him of airing sexually graphic material on Tampa's WXTB-FM and three other Florida stations.

 

Stern's New York-based show is syndicated by Infinity Broadcasting, a unit of Viacom Inc., which also owns television networks CBS and MTV.

 

A spokesman for Infinity was not immediately available for comment and a Viacom spokesman declined comment. Neither Stern's agent nor producers of his show were immediately available for comment.

 

Viacom president Mel Karmazin reportedly has imposed a crackdown on sexually explicit material on Infinity stations, declaring in a recent company-wide conference call: "This company won't be a poster child for indecency."

 

The action against Stern came after Clear Channel announced what Chief Operating Officer Mark Mays called a "zero tolerance" policy toward material deemed in violation of federal decency standards for broadcasting.

 

"Clear Channel drew a line in the sand today with regard to protecting our listeners from indecent content, and Howard Stern's show blew right through it," Clear Channel Radio president John Hogan said in a statement.

 

"It was vulgar, offensive and insulting, not just to women and African Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency."

 

The San Antonio-based company, the largest U.S. radio station operator with more than 1,200 outlets, said it will amend contracts with all on-air personalities to hold disc jockeys financially responsible for indecent comments on-air.

 

The Stern show was carried by Clear Channel stations in six markets -- Fort Lauderdale, Rochester, Orlando, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Louisville.

 

The policy changes are the latest taken by broadcasters to address decency concerns following the Feb. 1 Super Bowl half-time show, when pop diva Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed on live television.

 

Said Hogan: "If a DJ is found to be in violation of FCC rules, there will be no appeals and no intermediate steps. If they break the law by broadcasting indecent material, they will not work for Clear Channel."

 

Hogan and other broadcast executives are slated to testify Thursday before Congress about broadcast standards. (Additional reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Jeremy Pelofsky in New York and Sue Zeidler in Los Angeles)

 

Reuters/VNU

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Clear Channel doesn't want to have fines like what Viacom has had in NYC and Beasely in Miami.

 

WQAM gets fined so much, that they may soon not be able to afford keeping Neil Rogers on WQAM with the new fines in wake of Nipplegate.

 

I say this is good because indecent radio during the day like Stern and Neil is not acceptable on public airwaves.

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If you don't like it, then turn it off.

 

I hate Howard Stern. I consider him trash, I consider his show trash. But I don't have to listen to it. If you don't like it, then who's got a gun to your head forcing you to listen to it? There's no reason for this crap. This is censorship pure and simple.

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The FCC has the right and responsibility to maintain decent airwaves and Clear Channel a private corporation has the same right to maintain their licenses free from fines and sanctions.

 

This was a business move for CC and one I agree with. The same with letting Bubba the Love Sponge in Tampa go. If the product is that good, it will reappear with a competitor. That is the free market. No one said I was forced to listen, that is why they are off the air.

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It is about time! I used to be a carefree lad, filling my days with thoughts of rainbows, sunshine, and the gosh-darn goodness of America. Then I turned on the radio one day, and heard.......LESBIANS.

 

Now I hate America, and God, and Jesus, and my mind is filled with images of boobies and nakedness. If not for Clear Channel, more young souls may have been corrupted like I was.

 

God bless America, and God bless the FCC. They know what is best for YOU!

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The FCC has the right and responsibility to maintain decent airwaves and Clear Channel a private corporation has the same right to maintain their licenses free from fines and sanctions.

 

This was a business move for CC and one I agree with. The same with letting Bubba the Love Sponge in Tampa go. If the product is that good, it will reappear with a competitor. That is the free market. No one said I was forced to listen, that is why they are off the air.

Business move. Kind of strange this is all happening now at the same time, conveniantly now.

 

Dark times are ahead.

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Clear Channel fired Bubba because of the repeated fines.

After Bubba they created the No Tolerance Policy.

They got rid of Stern under this policy because of what he said on Tuesday's show.

 

Clear Channel pulled them because they don't want to be fined, if Cox or Viacom want to pick up Stern in these markets they can.

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Bubba got fined big time over the last few years. After him CC decided on a no tolerance policy on any undecent broadcasts, it's called preemptive action.

Undecent? Indecent.

 

And define what's indecent? Fart noises? Talking to strippers?

 

This policy is meant to target individuals. It ain't right.

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Bubba got fined big time over the last few years. After him CC decided on a no tolerance policy on any undecent broadcasts, it's called preemptive action.

Undecent? Indecent.

 

And define what's indecent? Fart noises? Talking to strippers?

 

This policy is meant to target individuals. It ain't right. It's that old saw - "I know it when I see it".

 

The FCC is a joke. They have a history of arbitrarily setting "standards" and doling out fines to those not connected with who's ever in the White House. They got their job of being politicians or in the Chairman's case, being the son of Colin Powell. No experience necessary. No oversight required.

 

What a joke.

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i got all screwed up the first time i heard a long cursing tirade on tv.

 

oh wait, that was my grandpa in the car after some lady cut him off.

Man, you should hear me when I drive.

 

TOO HOT FOR TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

If this happened recently, your Grandpa could be charged with corrupting a minor. How dare he use those words in front of you?!?!?!?!?!?! The State knows best.

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Guest marlins02

the first time i saw a rap video with all those women screwed me up even more, now i expect all women to be fine hoes that will give it up at an instant and dance around at all times.

 

if only the FCC had stepped in i would be a decent responsible human being like cape instead of the vulgar trash ive become

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