FCC fines ABC over 'NYPD Blue'; network to appeal
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LOS ANGELES Jan 25 (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it plans to fine the Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) ABC network $1.4 million for airing an episode of "NYPD Blue" in 2003 that showed a woman's nude buttocks.
The company said it opposes the fine and plans to appeal.
In a notice filed on Friday, the agency said 52 television ABC stations in the Central and Mountain time zones had aired the scene at 9 p.m. in violation of federal restrictions against broadcasting "obscene material" between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The agency said it received "numerous complaints" about the scene, in which a young boy walks in on a nude woman about to take a shower.
Stations in the Eastern and Pacific time zones were exempt because they broadcast the Feb. 25, 2003, episode at 10 p.m. local time.
ABC said in a statement that it had broadcast the episode and others from the cop drama, which ran from 1993 to 2005, with appropriate parental warnings and with V-chip enabled program ratings when they were available.
The network added that the show had been on the air for nearly a decade when the episode in question aired "and the realistic nature of its storylines was well known to the viewing public." (Reporting by Gina Keating; Editing by Gary Hill)
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