The Federal Communications Commission has once again decided to control the misuse of the Emergency Alert Tone on television. There must have been numerous instances when watching a TV show, you may have heard a triple beeping sound or anything of that manner that usually means there is an emergency.
But the same has been apparently misused and modified at so many instances that the Federal Communications Commission has decided to slap a fine for the same. The latest to be a victim of the same is CBS' Young Sheldon. According to a report in Variety, the government agency has proposed a $272,000 fine against CBS Broadcasting for allegedly airing a simulated emergency alert tone during a nationally televised episode of “Young Sheldon” on April 12, 2018.
The episode “included a sound effect accompanying a tornado warning, which the producers modified, but still audibly resembled actual EAS tones,” said the FCC in a release regarding the proposed fine.
The agency said that CBS’ modifications to the EAS tones were still not permissible because the tones used in the episode of “Young Sheldon” were “substantially similar” to actual EAS tones. An enforcement advisory from the FCC last month reiterated that broadcasting actual or simulated EAS tones during non-emergencies and outside of testing periods is an FCC violation and “serious public safety concern.”
In August, the FCC reached settlements with ABC, AMC, Discovery and Meruelo Radio Holdings for misusing the Emergency Alert System or Wireless Emergency Alert tones on episodes of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “The Walking Dead”,” “Lone Star Law,” and KDAY and KDEY-FM’s radio shows, issuing civil penalties collectively totaling more than $600,000.
CBS will be given an opportunity to respond to the proposed action, known as a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, according to the FCC. The agency will then consider the submission of evident and legal arguments before making any further decisions.