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FCC redefines broadcast obscenity

Jan 09, 2002 | 1:56pm EST

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau on Tuesday reversed an earlier ruling that a Colorado radio station that had aired an edited version of an Eminem hit violated the commission's rules barring "offensive sexual references." Station officials had appealed the sanction on the grounds that they had edited out explicit terms from "The Real Slim Shady." In reporting on the commission's decision to rescind the $7,000 fine it had imposed on the station, Broadcasting & Cable noted on its website Tuesday that "if the fine was upheld, countless rap and pop-music stations around the country could have faced similar fines."

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