Saying that it is "long past time" for Fox Broadcasting to pay its fines for airing
allegedly indecent material during the 2003 reality series Married by America,
the FCC has handed the case to the Justice Department to collect the money. The Justi
ce Department quickly filed lawsuits against eight stations owned by Fox and Sinclair
broadcasting companies in federal courts in Washington, D.C.; Iowa; West Virginia
and Tennessee. For its part, Fox said that it welcomed "the opportunity to present
the full factual and legal argument in the 'Married by America' case to an impartial
and open court of law." The FCC's action grew out of an episode of the show in which
scenes featuring "pixilated" naked bodies of strippers appeared at a bachelor party.
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.