Spanish Language Broadcaster Agrees to Pay $110,000 to Settle FCC Indecency Complaints

Jose Luis Sin Censura FCC Indecency

Liberman Broadcasting, which operates Spanish-language stations in Los Angeles, Houston and other cities, has settled a complaint over the show “Jose Luis Sin Censura,” agreeing to pay $110,000 in fines to the FCC for airing indecent and profane material.

Liberman already dropped the show in 2012, after several orgs including the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation filed complaints that anti-gay, anti-Latino and misogynistic content was being aired. The orgs noted that the program “frequently featured female nudity,” and female guests were shown in violent fights.

The FCC has issued few indecency sanctions in recent years, the most recent of which was a sanction against Fox’s “American Dad” in 2010. Last spring, then-FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced that the agency had reduced an extensive backlog of complaints and he proposed that the agency concentrate only on “egregious” cases. It’s unclear what direction his successor, Tom Wheeler, will take.

As part of the settlement, Liberman will appoint a compliance officer, create a compliance manual and institute annual employee training, among other steps.

Liberman stations cited in the complaint include KRCA-TV in Riverside-Los Angeles; KPNZ-TV in Ogden, Utah; KMPX-TV in Decatur, Texas; and KZJL-TV in Houston.

“I hope this is an indication of the return of the FCC as a steward of the public interest under its new chairman, Tom Wheeler, and that other bad actors will be held accountable when they use their broadcasting privileges to inflict harm on our communities and our children,” Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said in a statement.

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  1. Juan Camaney says:

    Dear Ted

    I believe your note barely touches the surface on which Liberman operates. Their TV programming is mirrored on their Radio Network in which profanities and over the top shows with half naked women are the norm. His TV shows are not only raunchy and tasteless but a real shame to the lowest income Latinos to whom he directs all his efforts. Liberman Broadcasting aka “Estrella TV” is named after the head of the Radio Network in question who formed it decades ago. His son Lenard is the person that launched the TV Network a few years back. He is known to be a tyrant towards his employees, most of whom are former Televisa Employees working in the country sponsored by his company and who could easily be let go and deported if not able to comply with his every whim. The younger Liberman micro-manages the network producing several hours of programming a week that includes mostly burnt celebrities from Televisa, Univision and Telemundo that he pays well but treats horribly. Week after week the use foul language and profanities with double-entendre is rampant without any FCC supervision. The FCC alleges that they don’t “Have Spanish Speaking” regulators in Washington or that “Not enough Complaints” reach their bureau. By the way, Liberman has no national sponsors and sells his air time locally to survive. Most well known advertisers are afraid of advertising there and reserve their large budgets for Telemundo and Univision, however lately Liberman managed to pull ratings not only comparable to those of Telemundo but has beaten behemoth Univision repeatedly and sponsors are starting notice. Mr Nogales is one of the few keeping an eye on this shameful chapter in Spanish Broadcasting in The US.

    Juan Camaney
    Spanish TV Excecutive

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