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WICZ DRAWS KIDVID FINE

The FCC has fined NBC affiliate WICZ-TV Binghamton, N.Y., $110,000 for violating rules that limit the number of commercials TV stations may air during children’s programming hours. The station is owned by Stainless Broadcasting Co. FCC regs bar more than 10.5 minutes of blurbs during kidvid hours on weekdays, and 12 minutes on weekends. The FCC claimed WICZ exceeded the allowable time limits on 376 occasions between January 1992 and October 1993. Stainless has 30 days to either pay or contest the fine, which represents the second-largest ever assessed against a TV station accused of exceeding commercial kidvid time limits.

Dennis Wharton in Washington contributed to this report.

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