(Gizmodo) Last October Jimmy Kimmel Live! made some expensive jokes about President Donald Trump’s ability to send emergency alerts to approximately 225 million phones across the country.
The Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on misuse of Emergency Alert System (EAS) tones. In a news release issued on Thursday, the FCC announced it reached settlements with radio and TV broadcasters for playing the tone for national and regional audiences when there wasn’t an official national emergency. The release states that the FCC doesn’t allow broadcasting of the EAS tone or simulated sounds outside of actual emergencies, public service announcements, or tests.
According to the announcement, ABC had to pay $395,000 because Jimmy Kimmel Live! played a simulated emergency tone three times in a sketch, which the FCC claims went to 250 TV stations. The sketch was a send-up of the news that President Trump would be performing a test of the emergency alert system last October and the general fear among some Americans that Trump would turn the EAS into a more powerful version of his Twitter feed.
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