Last year set record for the number of fines (12).
The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity says there have been no indecency fines issued by the Federal Communications Commission during the first half of 2005. Part of the reason for the falloff in fines, the group maintains, is the "impact of record settlement agreements reached in 2004 between the FCC and two giant media companies," namely Clear Channel and Infinity.
The Center pointed to Clear Channel’s "Responsible Broadcasting Initiative," a document included in that group’s agreement, as being "of greater concern to Clear Channel employees.”"
The Center also attributes some of the falloff in fines to "regime change" and the lack of a full count of FCC commissioners.
The report examined the number of proposed fines for indecency from 1990-to-2004. Last year was a record for both the number of fines (12), the total dollar amount, and the average cost. Last year’s 12 fines totaled $3.66 million and averaged $304,833 apiece, according to the Center’s research.
Howard Stern still holds the record for racking up the most fines, according to the Center; coming in just under a total of $2.5 million.