U2's Bono has been reprimanded by America's decency watchdogs the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONS (FCC) for swearing on TV.

FCC officials have launched a crackdown on offensive television and radio following the controversy surrounding Janet Jackson breast-baring Super Bowl performance last month (FEB04).

And they've sent Bono, who caused a storm of protest when he used the word 'f**k' during last year's (03) live Golden Globe Awards telecast, a strong warning that his bad language won't be tolerated in future.

In a statement, the FCC has called Bono's speech "indecent and profane" and federal regulators have used the example to show broadcasters where they'll hand out heavy fines in future.

Bono and bosses at American TV network NBC, where the speech was aired, will not be fined.

A spokesman for NBC says, "We believe the commission made the right decision in not fining us over the regrettable Bono incident. As we've previously said, Bono's utterance was unacceptable and we regret it happened."

In Thursday's (18MAR04) FCC decision, the watchdog body also proposed maximum fines for the Florida, Miami, broadcast of Howard Stern's radio show, in which the DJ discussed sexual practices.

21/03/2004 20:24