Jimmy Kimmel's USA talk show has been fined £325,000 for using the emergency warning tone in a comedy sketch. Meanwhile, AMC will have to fork over $104,000 for a February episode of The Walking Dead that broadcast an Emergency Alert System tone twice. ABC has since "admitted to the violation, agreed to pay a $395,000 civic penalty, and committed to a compliance plan" by way of apology, although Kimmel himself has yet to comment on the matter.
The use of emergency alert system or wireless emergency alert tones are barred by FCC rules "to avoid confusion when the tones are used, alert fatigue among listeners, and false activation of the system by the operative data elements contained in the alert tones", the agency said.
As part of the trial, more than 200 million U.S. mobile phones received a test "Presidential Alert" notification. The tone is broadcast via TV, radio and other devices to warn of emergencies such as hurricanes and other national disasters.
The presidential alert system is created to warn of major threats such as missile attacks, natural disasters and acts of terrorism - but broadcasters are barred from mimicking it to avoid confusion, "alert fatigue" and false alarms.
The ABC network's late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! has gotten itself into some trouble. It'll cost Animal Planet channel a penalty of $68,000. Meruelo's KDAY and KDEY-FM's morning radio shows in Los Angeles were fined $67,000 for their offenses from the fall of 2017. "No action is needed", that alert said.
The skit - which takes the form of a horror movie trailer - pokes fun at Trump as the film's characters become traumatized when the Commander-in-chief begins violating the alert system by sending out texts that read "witch hunt" and "fake news". According to CNN Business, the companies and shows implicated in the investigation have 30 days to pay their fines to the United States Treasury.