Bloomberg reports that, in direct response to CMD's groundbreaking exposé 'Fake TV News,' the "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin ordered a probe of dozens of television stations. ... The April report by the non-profit Center for Media and Democracy found at least 77 stations, including 23 affiliates of Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network and seven Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. stations, ignored an FCC warning to disclose sponsors. The maximum fine for each violation is $32,500, rising to $325,000 for multiple infractions, said FCC spokesman Clyde Ensslin. 'If the investigation leads to significant fines, the FCC could cause stations to put disclosures in place that make clearer the corporate role in local news,' said analyst Blair Levin of Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Washington. 'It depends how hard Martin wants to push it.'"
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