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Clear Channel adopts decency standards

One day after saying it fired a popular Florida radio personality, Clear Channel Communications Inc. said Wednesday it adopted new "decency" standards to make sure that material its radio stations air conform to local standards.
/ Source: Reuters

One day after saying it fired a popular Florida radio personality, Clear Channel Communications Inc. said Wednesday it adopted new "decency" standards to make sure that material its radio stations air conform to local standards.

Chief Operating Officer Mark Mays said San Antonio-based Clear Channel, the largest U.S. radio station operator, will adopt a "zero tolerance" policy for indecent content.

This will include in-house training and automatic suspensions for anyone alleged by the Federal Communications Commission to violate indecency rules. Disc jockeys will also be held financially responsible for uttering indecent material on the air.

On Tuesday, Clear Channel said it fired "Bubba the Love Sponge," formerly known as Todd Clem, whom federal regulators accused of airing sexual material on Tampa's WXTB-FM and three other Florida stations. The FCC in January proposed fining Clear Channel $755,000 for the airing.