The Daily Stern

The Daily Stern

: INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE: Ernie Miller tells us that the FCC plans to require broadcasters to retain recordings of broadcasts so they can go after them for indecency.

Don’t we have better things to do?

  • Don C.

    You’d think we would…so I guess the small-town station I work for will have to buy expensive logging equipment, plus we’ll have to have someone to catalog the tapes?
    The FCC has turned the corner from stupid to creepy.

  • Well, technically, the FCC will probably recommend some sort of digital recording system (no tapes, just hard drives), but probably will let stations make the choice. But, yeah, it looks like small stations are going to have to fork over the bucks.
    Although, this does remind me that many small radio stations are basically religious stations. Funny that they’ll have to pay to help the FCC fight indecency. Sort of ironic.

  • A.W.

    Well, the correct way to look at it is this. they had 2 options:
    Either record it themselves.
    Or require the stations to do it.
    The first puts the costs on the FCC, and ultimately us.
    The second, puts it on the radio stations.
    From the FCC’s institutional perspective, this is a no brainer. Or else they might have to go to congress for more money, etc.

  • For decades indecency regulation went along just fine without such recordings, though the technology to do so has been around for decades as well. Why should it change now?

  • Heath

    My biggest concern as regards this isn’t religious stations or the cost to the taxpayers or even if Howard Stern stays or goes. If stations have to absorb the cost of this, then we face probable consolidation of the media market even further.
    I can’t help but think of public radio (which I adore quite heartily) and how it would be affected. Listener-sponsored, if one is to believe their pledge drives, limps along on a tight enough budget as is. Admittedly, I haven’t dug up figures on public radio’s economic viability, but I think most people’s knee-jerk belief would be along the lines of mine. Public radio and other, smaller forms of local media are generally more responsive to a locale’s needs, especially listener-sponsored media. If these were lost, I think media democracy would suffer dramatically.
    Still, I don’t find this a surprising move from Mr. Deregulation. I have trouble believing censorship is truly at issue here as more aspects of the puzzle come together

  • JimmyZ

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