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FCC Slams Jimmy Kimmel with Six-Figure Fine for Sketch Mocking Presidential Alert System


Added 08-16-19 03:45:02pm EST - “The Federal Communications Commission fined ABC $395,000 for a sketch aired on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' last fall mocking the Emergency Alert System.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “FCC Slams Jimmy Kimmel with Six-Figure Fine for Sketch Mocking Presidential Alert System”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Thursday that ABC had been fined $395,000 for a sketch aired on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which includes tones from the Emergency Alert System.

The system is used on television and cell phones to warn people of impending emergencies, such as tornadoes or floods.

The Kimmel sketch called “The Texting,” which aired Oct. 3, 2018, included the EAS tone multiple times.

The FCC explained in a Thursday news release the use of the actual tone during non-emergencies is a “serious safety concern.”

“The FCC’s rules prohibit such broadcasting of EAS tones — including simulations of them — except during actual emergencies, authorized tests or authorized public service announcements,” the release reads.

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