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    Clear Channel Head 'Ashamed' of Programs

    By JONATHAN D. SALANT

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the nation's largest radio station chain apologized Thursday for a raunchy morning show that brought the largest indecency fine in history.

    John Hogan, president of 1,200-station Clear Channel Radio, told members of the House Energy and Commerce telecommunications subcommittee he was "ashamed" of the "Bubba the Love Sponge" show. The program, which aired on stations in Florida, recently brought a $755,000 proposed fine from the Federal Communications Commission for sexually explicit content and other alleged indecency violations.
    "We were wrong to air that material," Hogan said. "I accept responsibility for our mistake and my company will live with the consequences of its actions."
    Clear Channel fired the disc jockey Tuesday, then announced the next day it would suspend any personality accused of airing indecent programming and would ask its DJs to share in any financial penalties. Also Wednesday, it suspended broadcasts of the Howard Stern show on its six stations that carry it, citing sexually graphic content from Tuesday's broadcast.


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    A business executive with morals...

    I'm impressed


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    It's not morals, just doesn't want the face the heat that is brewing after the Super Bowl halftime show. Once all of it blows over it will be back to normal..


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    Morals?

    $755,000, is the key here.


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    Clear Channel is the Wal-Mart of radio media. It's chicken feed. The FCC should cancel its licenses or do nothing.


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    Chicken Feed?

    The head of the nation's largest radio station chain apologized Thursday for a raunchy morning show that brought the largest indecency fine in history.


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    Actually...

    John Hogan, CEO of Clear Channel is a personal friend of mine. He's an upstanding guy. He's a father with small children.

    Yeah, Clear Channel is the biggest readio and enetretainment company in America - they own 1200 stations.

    So what? It's American entrepreneurship/capitalism at its best.


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    Originally posted by MAJMike


    So what? It's American entrepreneurship/capitalism at its best.

    Are you saying that selling garbage is ok because it's American entrepreneurship? Sort of "anything goes".


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