Supreme Court blocks TV profanity fines

BBC News

US broadcasters who broke the rules on swearing and nudity should not be penalised, the US Supreme Court has ruled.

Several broadcasters were issued with fines totalling some $1.24m (£800,000) for breaching decency standards.

Swearing uttered by celebrities on awards shows, and a brief glimpse of a woman’s buttock during an episode of NYPD Blue were deemed inappropriate.

But judges overturned the fines and said that policies should be revised.

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