U.S. TV network ABC is facing a multi-million dollar fine after it aired an
episode of NYPD Blue depicting female nudity.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports a show broadcast in 2003
featured “multiple, close-up views” of a lady’s rear before the American
The FCC rules “sexual or excretory activities” shown in an “offensive” way
prior to 11pm are indecent – however ABC insists the buttocks are not a sexual
organ and plan to appeal the ruling.
An ABC spokeswoman pointed out the program was broadcast with parental
warnings and “the realistic nature of NYPD Blue’s storylines was well-known to
the viewing public”.
If found guilty of the indecency charge, the network will have to pay a $1.4
million (#700,000) fine – the second largest indecency fine imposed on a U.S.