The FCC and CBS Radio have agreed to stop wrangling over a notice of apparent liability aimed at WIP-AM Philadelphia for a contest rules violation. The station held a wing-eating contest, and the complaining contestant said he was disqualified under rules that were never divulged or advertised. CBS contended that the contestant was disqualified fair and square.
Rather than go on and on over it, the two agreed to use the Consent Decree tool. CBS admits to no wrongdoing and the proposed $4K fine it was facing is cancelled and nullified.
However, as is always the case in the Consent Decree methodology, even though it did nothing wrong, CBS will come up with a compliance plan to assure the FCC that it will never do it again. And it will make a voluntary contribution of $4K to the US Treasury.