Broadcast Indecency Hearings Set For Wednesday

Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell and the body's four commissioners are slated to serve as witnesses tomorrow (Feb. 10) at hearings in both the Senate and the House on tougher

Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell and the body's four commissioners are slated to serve as witnesses tomorrow (Feb. 10) at hearings in both the Senate and the House on tougher fines for broadcast indecency.

On the Senate side, the commissioners are expected to be peppered with questions by Commerce Committee chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking minority member Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. That hearing was in the works before the Janet Jackson halftime-show fiasco.

On the House side, the commissioners will be part of a markup hearing, scheduled since the show, to pass legislation calling for indecency fines of 10 times the current $27,500 per incident.
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