For the second time in less than a month, the Federal Communications Commission has tentatively slapped a stiff fine on a media company for transmitting a simulated Emergency Alert System (EAS) tone during a telecast.
In the ruling, the agency proposed a $272,000 fine against CBS Broadcasting for the infraction during an episode of the sitcom Young Sheldon on April 12, 2018.
The show was carried on “at least 227 television stations, including 15 of CBS’s owned-and-operated television stations,” the FCC said.
The Commission acknowledged that the producers modified the warning signal but ruled that the sound – which aired during a tornado warning in the storyline – “still audibly resembled actual EAS tones.”
The agency said that “CBS’s modifications to the EAS tones did not make broadcasting such tones permissible because the audio elements used in the episode were substantially similar to the actual EAS tones.”