LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- More than 20 ABC
television affiliates banned broadcasting the Hollywood war movie "Saving
Private Ryan" to mark the Veterans Day Thursday for fear that it could lead to
|More than 20 ABC television affiliates
banned broadcasting the Hollywood war movie "Saving Private Ryan" to mark
the Veterans Day Thursday for fear that it could lead to indecency fines.
The ABC affiliates in eight US
states made the decision becausethey fear the film's violence and profanity
leave them vulnerable to hefty fines from the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), which has launched a crackdown on TV and broadcast indecency since the
February breast-baring incident by singer Jenet Jackson duringthe Super Bowl
"Saving Private Ryan," staring Oscar-winning actor
Tom Hanks, will not be shown on the ABC affiliates in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa,
Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia.
The reason for the actions was that it could invite
FCC fines because the 1998 film depicts several violent battle scenes and
contains foul language.
Janice Wise, spokeswoman for the FCC's enforcement
bureau, saidit will only decide whether to take actions after receiving
complaints. "If we get a complaint, we'll act on it," she said.
The WSB-TV in Atlanta said it asked ABC for
permission to air the film after 10 p.m. but was rejected.
ABC had said it was proud to air the 1998 film again.
"As in the past, this broadcast will contain appropriate and clear advisories
and parental guidelines, and, as customary, we will provide advance screenings
for ABC affiliates and advertisers," the network said in a statement.
"Saving Private Ryan," which depicts a platoon of
American soldiers who take part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, was shown
uncut on ABC in 2001 and 2002. Enditem