The FCC Wednesday decided to fine each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations $27,500, the maximum statutory penalty for broadcast indecency. The total penalty comes to $550,000, and is the largest fine the FCC has levied against a television broadcaster.
The FCC's has imposed larger fines, but those have been against radio stations. AP has the full story here. Read the FCC's statement here [PDF]. In March, the House passed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, which would raise the maximum penalties for such violations.