Disney and Viacom fined by the FCC

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  1. Marc_Sulinski

    Marc_Sulinski Supporting Actor

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    Here is a link to the article:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/losangele...8/daily47.html

    It seems they were fined by the FCC for showing too many commercials on Nickelodeon and ABC Family. My question is this: Since Nickelodeon and ABC Family are cable stations, why are they subject to the rules of the FCC?
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Lead Actor

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    Because both applied for and receive tax credit for showing educational and/or children's programming per percentage of their daily programming. Too many commercials can lower their %'s of daily programming or violate the educational agreement.

    Lots of big companies put up little stations as tax-write offs or "gimmies" (see: Noggin) etc. ABC & Viacom promoted their networks to receive tax benefits and they got called on it.
     
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    Jesse Skeen Producer

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    Biggest reason why I don't have cable in the first place- if I'm paying for it, I don't want to see ANY commercials!
     
  4. LaMarcus

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    Jesse I totally agree with you. But some channels I must have like ESPN HD. If not for that, I wouldn't care, everything else I pretty much watch on tv except:

    HBO Boxing
    Showtime boxing
    Sopranos
    Music Videos
    A & E programs
    Dave Chappelle show
    Home Movies (cartoon network)
    Sports
    Discovery HD (American Chopper)

    Wow I guess I do watch a lot of cable.[​IMG]
     

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