MSNBC Puts Joe Scarborough On Tape Delay
Network has instituted a seven-second delay for "Morning Joe"
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/11/2008 2:20:00 PM
MSNBC has instituted a seven-second delay for morning show, Morning Joe, a spokeswoman for that show confirmed Tuesday evening.
Spokeswoman Alana Russo confirmed the delay was instituted after a slip Monday morning when show host Joe Scarborough accidentally dropped an f-bomb, then apologized, seemingly unaware that it had slipped out.
Russo had no further comment about the delay beyond acknowledging it was prompted by the f-bomb.
Cable operators are not under the same FCC indecency enforcement regulations as broadcasters, and even broadcasters get more leeway when it is a live news program.
But Russo also said that it would not be the first tape delay for the cable news network, pointing out that radio jock Don Imus' simulcast had been on a delay before the network dropped his show in April 2007. Imus was dropped after something did make it onto air--disparaging remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
The Parent's Television Council, which has complained to the FCC about on-air profanities and wrote to NBCU executive Jeff Zucker to call for a delay, praised MSNBC's decision and called on other networks to do the same for their live morning shows.
"We applaud MSNBC for taking the necessary steps to prevent other mishaps like this in the future," said PTC President Tim Winter. "Although this is a cable network that is not subject to the same decency standards as broadcast networks, millions of families are grateful for MSNBC’s decision to try to prevent inappropriate language from airing,” he said.
"If a several second tape delay is good enough for MSNBC, then NBC should follow suit with the Today
show and its other live programming," said Winter of corporate cousin, NBC. Winter was referring to a c-word from Jane Fonda that aired in a Today show interview earlier this year, as well as Tiki Barber's use of the same word during the Olypmics.
The F-Bomb doesn't bother me as much as Scarborough's
comments coming from an overinflated ego. He's demeaning to Mika and leaves me wishing he'd come down off his high horse and stop displaying such conceit and condescension.
rosejean goddard - 11/12/2009 6:54:04 AM EST
Joe, Charlie Stogner here and I've long been one of your biggest fans and often share how you credit the use of your own TV shows on BlabTV, Pensacola to get elected.
I've had friends have those 'slips of the tongue' in Sunday School class.
So, now there's a delay.
Keep your chin up and plow ahead.
Charlie Stogner - 11/12/2008 5:02:00 PM EST
This story begs the question: Why wouldn't all live news nets do a 7-sec. delay? Wouldn't it be in their own self-interest? Is if that they don't want to pay someone to man the cut-off switch? Please, can you get us an answer?
Adam Smith - 11/12/2008 4:18:00 PM EST
Betty Brody - 11/12/2008 11:24:00 AM EST
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