30.3.04

Viacom told to clean up its act

Executives at US media giant Viacom are giving some of their subsidiaries a spring clean after outrage over Janet Jackson's escaping nipple and Howard Stern's 'blumpkin' broadcast.

Taste and decency guidelines are in for a shake-up after the the super bowl nipple flash attracted some 200,000 complaints. Unfortunately for Viacom they own both the channel that broadcast the match - CBS - and MTV - which was responsible for the half-time musical extravaganza.

The timing of this was not good as the FCC has just fined Infinity - another Viacom subsidiary the maximum penalty of 27,500 dollars for Howard Stern's expletives about sexual activities.

Details of Stern's 'blumpkin' here

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