FCC Recommits to Daytime Indecency Ban

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

The FCC may be considering different ways to put more content-management tools in the hands of parents, but there is one government content-control tool does not appear to be in danger of being superseded by technology.

The FCC said Monday that time-channeling of indecent content “remains a vital tool” for “shielding children” from “objectionable” broadcast content.


The FCC disallows indecent content between 6 a.m and 10 p.m., with the overnight hours considered the “safe harbor” for that material.

While some have argued that a ratings/blocking system would weaken the argument for FCC content control of broadcasting, the FCC said in the report that “evidence of the V-chip’s limited efficacy”–Translation: not that many people use it–has only “reinforced the necessity of the commission’s regulation.” More…