NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -
The FCC could announce a new $1.5 million fine involving radio personality Howard Stern as soon as next week, according to a published report.
|Howard Stern could end up costing his employer Infinity Broadcasting $1.5 million in FCC fines, according to a published report.
The New York Post reported the fine will be against Stern's employer, Infinity Broadcasting, a unit of Viacom (VIA: Research, Estimates). The regulatory agency, which has been pushing to crack down on what it deems obscene or indecent material on the air, already announced a $495,000 fine against the nation's largest radio broadcaster, Clear Channel Communications, which had aired Stern's program on six Clear Channel stations. Infinity airs Stern's show on 35 of its stations.
Clear Channel, which suspended Stern's broadcasts before the FCC fine was announced, cancelled the show on its stations following the announcement. But a spokesman for Infinity said then that it had no plans to cancel Stern's show.
Infinity stuck with Stern when it was hit with a record $1.7 million fine by the FCC in 1995 for various comments made on the air.
Spokesmen for the FCC, Infinity and Stern were not immediately available for comment on the Post report. Viacom is due to release first-quarter financial results April 22.
Future fines could go much higher if legislation that has passed the House of Representatives is approved by the Senate, as expected. That legislation would raise the maximum fine to $500,000 from $27,500 per incident.