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FCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4 million for emergency alert misuse

FCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4 million for emergency alert misuse

The Federal Communications Commission is demanding that Viacom and ESPN pay fines totaling $1.4 million for misuse of Emergency Alert System warnings. In 2013, three media companies ran trailers for the film "Olympus Has Fallen," that contained emergency alert warning tones. The movie, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman and directed by Antoine Fuqua, centers on a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of the tones except during an emergency or a system test is a violation of FCC laws. On Tuesday, the FCC chairman and the four commissioners voted unanimously to impose the fines. "The public relies on this system to prepare them for real...

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