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iHeartmedia Fined for 1 Million for FCC Infraction

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The FCC slapped iHeartmedia via Premiere Networks with a 1 million dollar fine for including Emergency Alert Tones in an October 14 segment of The Bobby Bones Show. iHeartmedia owns and operates 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets in the United States. iHeart also owns Premiere Networks, a distributor of syndicated radio programming, including The Bobby Bones Show. Bones’ show is carried by 82 country music radio stations nationwide. The segment contained an audio clip that contained EAS tones which in turn set off other EAS participants causing a multi-state activation of the emergency system. The FCC considers this a violation of statutory and regulatory prohibitions in the absence of an emergency test of the system. iHeart admitted the wrongdoing and complied to implement a better system and they agreed to pay the penalty.


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