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FCC Chief Denies “Private Ryan” Indecency Complaints

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The head of the Federal Communications Commission wants to reject indecency complaints against ABC television stations, including Denver’s 7, that recently aired the film “Saving Private Ryan.”

Sixty-six ABC affiliates refused to air the uncut movie on Veterans Day last month, citing concerns they could face fines for profanity and graphic violence from the FCC, which has been cracking down on broadcast indecency.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell has concluded the agency should not take action against the other 159 stations that aired the acclaimed movie because the language was part of accurately portraying the story about the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, the FCC official said.

The FCC received viewer complaints after the film aired. Powell’s recommendation must be ratified by at least two of four FCC commissioners.

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