House Votes to Increase Indecency Fines for Broadcasters

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The nation's broadcasters say they can clean up their own house and the government shouldn't butt in. The industry is reacting to Thursday’s House vote jacking up the maximum fine for indecency on radio and TV.

The National Association of Broadcasters says it doesn't support the bill as it's written, but that it will take voluntary action to deal with indecency. NAB President Edward Fritts says internal action is "far preferable" to government regulation.

He notes that the industry will hold an indecency summit later this month.

The nation's biggest radio station chain says the legislation may turn out to be a good thing if it gives incentive to broadcasters to adopt voluntary guidelines to follow the law.

Clear Channel Communications says it has already taken those steps. Clear Channel fired popular and raunchy morning host Bubba the Love Sponge, and has suspended the Howard Stern show from its stations.