Clear Channel Changes Broadcast Policy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Radio giant Clear Channel Communications announced a "zero-tolerance" broadcast policy that is designed to keep indecent material off the airwaves. It has about 1200 stations.

The policy comes the day after the San Antonio company announced the firing of Tampa disc jockey Bubba the Love Sponge. His sexually explicit morning show antics prompted a proposed $755,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission last month.

Clear Channel president Mark Mays said the company will institute a zero-tolerance policy for indecent content. That will include companywide training and automatic suspensions for anyone that the FCC alleges has violated indecency rules on the air.

He says the suspension will result in firing if the accusation is found to indeed be indecent.

Clear Channel announced yesterday that it agreed to fire Bubba the Love Sponge after deciding his raunchy show didn't fit its standards.

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