The FCC has fined CBS $272,000 over misuse of the Emergency Alert System’s tone on an episode of Young Sheldon, according to Deadline.
In a release, the federal regulator said, “On April 12, 2018, CBS transmitted an episode of Young Sheldon via at least 227 television stations, including 15 of CBS’s owned-and-operated television stations. The episode included a sound effect accompanying a tornado warning, which the producers modified, but still audibly resembled actual EAS tones.”
The article doesn’t give details on the nature of the infractions but The FCC fined 3 other shows last month: ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! ($395,000), AMC’s The Walking Dead ($104,000) and Animal Planet’s Lone Star Law ($68,000).
According to the FCC, “Broadcasting actual or simulated alert tones during non-emergencies and outside of proper testing or authorized public service announcements is a violation of the Commission’s rules and a serious public safety concern.”
The older Sheldon would have known better…don’t mess with the FCC.