Not funny: FCC hits “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with massive fine

The ABC network is being fined almost $400,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)for the actions of their late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” from October of last year when they used official alert tones to poke fun at a presidential alert test, Fox News reported.

The FCC announced in a statement on Thursday that there were multiple settlements with more than one network, with marking one of the highest fines reported. According to their report, the tone is only to be broadcasted on TV’s radio and other devices in the case of a dire emergency, such as hurricanes and other national disasters.

“We remain concerned about the misuse of the EAS codes and EAS and WEA Attention Signals, or simulations thereof, to capture audience attention during advertisements; dramatic, entertainment and educational programs, and at any other time that there is no genuine alert,” the agency said in a statement according to Fox News. “The FCC may issue sanctions for such violations, including, but not limited to, monetary forfeitures.”

The late-night comedy show reportedly used the emergency tone three times during their Oct. 3, 2018, sketch which was used to poke fun at a test of the emergency system.

“Earlier that day, roughly 225 million electronic devices across the U.S. received the ‘Presidential Alert’ that read ‘THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,’ Fox News reported.

“The network said the tones were improperly used in the episode. ABC signed a consent decree with the FCC, in which it admitted using the tones.”

The network said in a statement Thursday, “ABC takes regulatory compliance seriously and we are pleased to have resolved this issue.”

Other networks who were also fined for their use of proprietary tones governed by the FCC included AMC Networks, Discovery Animal Plant and Meruelo Broadcasting.

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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