Outgoing FCC chairman Al Sikes said yesterday the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chi should extend its April 6 deadline for revising rules on TV network investment in syndicated programming so that two new FCC members appointed by President-elect Clinton can take part in the vote.
“Indecent” radio programming (no, it didn’t involve Howard Stern) prompted the FCC to propose a $ 23,750 fine against college station WSUC-FM in Cortland, N.Y., for airing a “vulgar” rap song that described oral and other sex acts. The station has 30 days to appeal. The FCC also rejected KMEL-FM San Francisco’s protest of a $ 25,000 fine over a shock jock’s “double entendres.”
NBC, alarmed by the premiere ratings for CBS’ “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” will yank its 8 p.m. Saturday comedies three weeks ahead of schedule and fill the hour with repeats of the Disney sitcoms “Empty Nest” and “Nurses” starting tomorrow. The Peacock web announced earlier in the week that current occupants of that hour, “Here and Now” and “The Powers That Be,” would have their final airing Jan. 30.
ABC has ordered a second season of its first-year Saturday-morning series “The Addams Family” from Hanna-Barbera. The web picked up eight additional episodes, compared to 13 segs for the current year. H-B chief David Kirschner is the exec producer.
No criminal charges will be filed against “Beverly Hills 90210” TV star Shannen Doherty and a woman she scuffled with at the Roxbury nightclub on Sunset.
Harry Belafonte, Ted Danson, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, Michael Stipe, Liv Ullmann, Oprah Winfrey and Wil Smith will narrate a free musical celebration produced by Quincy Jones for the inauguration of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. In keeping with Clinton’s emphasis on diversity, the 3 p.m. Jan. 17 “Call for Reunion” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial will feature artists such as Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, Jon Secada, Tony Bennett, LL Cool J and D.C.’s Ebenezer AME Church Choir.
NOW’s San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles chapter praised Fox Broadcasting’s appointment of Lucie Salhany to the weblet’s top post but said more women and minorities should be promoted. Chapter prez Rebecca Wickliff said , “If Fox’s example does not prompt the Big Three networks and the independents to promote women into positions of responsibility, then we will seek action from the FCC.”