Viacom, ABC Family To Pay FCC Fines

The Federal Communications Commission said Viacom and ABC Family Channel networks have agreed to pay a total of $1.5 million in fines after breaking children’s-programming rules. Viacom’s Nickelodeon aired excessive commercials during kids’ programming and has agreed to a $1 million settlement. Separately, ABC Family improperly aired spots for products linked to kids’ programming during 31 episodes, and the unit responsible agreed to pay $500,000, the FCC said.