FCC delays decision on easing restrictions on TV nudity, cursing

July 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The Federal Communications Commission has delayed a decision on allowing more nudity and cursing on public airwaves to give people more time to comment.

In extending the comment deadline from this Thursday to Aug. 2, the FCC said it recognizes "the importance of affording all interested parties sufficient time to review the comments in the docket and to prepare their reply comments," The Hill reported Monday.

"We also respect the interest of the public in having sufficient time for review and consideration of the various positions and concerns," the agency said.

The FCC has received more than 100,000 comments, most of them opposed to lowering the standards, the Washington publication said.

The FCC's delay drew a heated response from those opposed to the proposal to ease restrictions on occasional cursing and "nonsexual nudity" on broadcast TV.

"What the FCC needs is commissioners who take their jobs seriously and enforce the duly passed law of Congress, which prohibits indecency and profanity on the public airwaves," Morality in Media said in a written statement.

The networks maintain it's a free speech issue.

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