Do Not Misuse EAS Tones – The FCC Will Fine You

Last month the FCC issued an Enforcement Advisory regarding the incorrect use of EAS tones. The FCC recently reached settlements with ABC, AMC, Discovery, and Meruelo Radio regarding the unlawful broadcast of actual or simulated alert tones. To drive the point home the FCC just assessed a fine against CBS for $272,000 for an improper use of an EAS tone during an episode of “Young Sheldon” which aired last April.

Bottom line – Unless it’s an actual EAS alert, do not use an EAS tone in your programming. To see a copy of the FCC’s enforcement action click HERE.


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