Sunday, February 25, 2007

Univision smacked with $24 million fine

It's not nice to fool with mother nature.. or the FCC - even in Spanish. As a condition of a sale of the company to private investors, Spanish-language Univision is expected to pay a record $24 million dollar fine to the FCC for educational children's shows violations - including passing off an adult telenovela (Complices al Rescate or "Friends to the Rescue") as children's programming.

It's a pothole on a road that's been smooth for the Spanish-language broadcaster this season. The network has outperformed new entities The CW and MyNetworkTV in adults 18-49 and has occasionally beaten one of the big four networks in the demo in head-to-head competition.

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