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FCC redefines broadcast obscenity

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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