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NYC court tosses FCC’s fleeting expletives policy.

NYC court tosses FCC’s fleeting expletives policy

It’s always been unreasonable to hold the broadcaster responsible for the actions that happen on air that they have no control over – other than never really doing anything live, which kind of kills the last real opportunity for broadcasters.

An essential decision for the future of broadcasting live TV.

FCC spokeswoman Jen Howard had no immediate comment.

“The score for today’s game is First Amendment one, censorship zero,” said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, policy director of Media Access Project, which joined the case on behalf of musicians, producers, writers and directors.

Carter Phillips, a Washington lawyer who argued the case for Fox Television Stations Inc., called the decision satisfying. He said the court had “sent the FCC back to square one to start over” by not only tossing the FCC’s fleeting expletive policy but also a broader indecency policy as unconstitutionally vague.