Movie Cancelled

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ABC is airing the World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan" Thursday night, to mark Veterans Day. But more than 20 network affiliates around the country won't be carrying it.

They're afraid they'll get in trouble with the Federal Communications Commission because of the film's violence and profanity.

ABC has carried the movie twice before. But some broadcasters think the FCC's tough new stand against obscenity and profanity could bring sanctions this time.

The president of Citadel Communications, which has three ABC affiliates in the Midwest, says he wanted to show the movie. Ray Cole tells AP Radio it's a "patriotic, artistic tribute to our fighting forces." But he says the FCC wouldn't promise not to punish stations that show it.

Under ABC's deal with director Steven Spielberg, the film can't be edited.

Several stations say ABC rejected their request to air it after 10 p.m.

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