Venezuelan TV station under probe for airing ‘Simpsons’

April 16th, 2008 - 3:09 pm ICT by admin  

Caracas, April 16 (DPA) Government regulators have opened an investigation into a television station in Venezuela for airing the US satirical cartoon “The Simpsons” during prime child-viewing hours. The Televen station took the show off the air two weeks ago after receiving a warning from the National Telecommunications Commission and replaced it with the beach and bikini classic “Baywatch” in the 11 a.m. time slot.

Televen faces punishments that include a fine and a three-day broadcasting blackout, the commission, also known as Conatel, said Tuesday in announcing the inquiry.

The investigation began three months after Conatel warned Televen about the broadcasts, saying “The Simpsons” could be a bad influence on the children of Venezuela.

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