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FCC Fines Networks for Misuse of Emergency Alert

Several broadcast networks improperly used alerts

ABC was fined by the FCC this week due to a segment that aired on the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. According to the FCC, “ABC admits that it broadcast and transmitted the Oct. 3, 2018, episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that contained [Wireless Emergency Alert] Tones, in the absence of an actual emergency, authorized test of the EAS, or qualified PSA.” The segment in question satirized the Presidential Alert system that was tested last year.

The FCC also fined other programs for improper use of the emergency tones including the Walking Dead and Animal Planet. The networks are required to pay the U.S. treasury department within 30 days. The reasoning for the stiff fines is to avoid alert fatigue, where hearers of the tones disregard them because they assume they are not real.

Sources: AP, CNN, FCC
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