FCC Won’t Budge on Super Bowl Fine

WASHINGTON Federal regulators said they would not reconsider their decision to fine CBS stations $550,000 for the 2004 Super Bowl display of Janet Jackson’s breast, sending the incident that enflamed the debate over televised indecency one step closer to a possible court date.

The Federal Communications Commission in a 16-page order validated its conclusion that laws against indecent broadcasts were violated.

CBS said it still disagrees with the FCC’s finding. “We will continue to pursue all remedies necessary to affirm our legal rights, and so today’s decision by the FCC is just another step in that process,” the network said in a statement.

The development comes with CBS and the other three major networks, along with their affiliate organizations, already in court seeking to overturn a fresh batch of penalties proposed by the FCC in March.