The FCC wants TBS to pay a fine for a 2012 Conan promo. From The Hollywood Reporter article:
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has proposed a $25,000 fine on TBS for a promo for Conan O’Brien’s late-night show, Conan, that the FCC claims was a false Emergency Alert System warning.
This is my favorite part:
The base fine for false distress signals is $8,000, but the FCC upped the proposed amount because Conan reached “approximately 99.7 million U.S. television households” as of December 2012, according to Time Warner’s annual report for that year, and the FCC claimed it was a willful and repeated violation.
The FCC also argued that Turner could afford the $25,000 fine because of Time Warner Networks division’s more than $14.2 billion annual revenues.
So, remember, the next time you think about writing, starting in, directing or producing a promo for something: crime doesn’t pay.
Have a great weekend.