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Secret puts ABC in hot water

ABC may get some heat from the Federal Communications Commission after airing
a special Thursday night that featured scantily-clad Victoria's Secret
models.

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps started receiving e-mails complaining about
the highly-rated show even before it aired, with some people unhappy about the
racy promos.

After the show ran, Copps forwarded hundreds of e-mails to the FCC's
Enforcement Bureau.

He is asking the bureau to determine whether the show violated indecency
standards.

FCC staffers say the commission typically does not investigate indecency
issues unless a formal complaint is filed, and no such complaint exists
here.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell also received e-mails complaining about the
program, said Susan Eid, Powell's legal advisor.

ABC defended itself by saying the show had been rated 'TV-14, D, S, L,'
meaning it was deemed not appropriate for kids under 14.

The letters signal racy dialogue, sex and adult language.

'As with any other program, viewers have a choice to tune in or not,' the
network said in a statement.

But part of Copps' issue is that promos are not rated, an issue the
commission is considering in an ongoing proceeding.

The special garnered ABC 12.4 million viewers, a 16% increase over the
network's average rating in that time period this season.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.