Clear Channel Drops Howard Stern

Action Follows FCC Fine for Broadcast Indecency

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WASHINGTON ( -- Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest owner of radio stations, has dropped the daily radio show of shock jock Howard Stern.

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Howard Stern gets the boot at Clear Channel.

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Indecency fine
The action comes several weeks after the Federal Communications Commission fined the radio giant for broadcasting indecent content and as congressional and public anger focus on the issue.

Clear Channel announced the decision Wednesday night on the eve of its testimony to a House panel investigating contemporary broadcast practices and standards. The Parents Television Council had called for the action and had also asked Viacom, parent of Infinity Broadcasting, to pull the Stern show.

'Line in the sand'
"Clear Channel drew a line in the sand today with regard to protecting our listeners from indecent content and Howard Stern's show blew right through it," said John Hogan, president-CEO of Clear Channel Radio.

"It was vulgar, offensive, and insulting, not just to women and African-Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency. We will not air Howard Stern on Clear Channel stations until we are assured that his show will conform to acceptable standards of responsible broadcasting."

Earlier this week, Clear Channel fired "Bubba the Love Sponge," its Tampa, Fla., host, who prompted an FCC fine with 26 violations going back to 2001 and announced a "responsible broadcasting" initiative that includes "a zero tolerance policy" for indecent content.

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