Tribune fined for kidvid violations


Yet another TV station is facing a fine from the FCC for exceeding commercial time limits in children’s programming. Tribune Company’s KHCW-TV (Ch. 39, CW) disclosed in its license renewal application that it had exceeded the limits four times between December 14, 2000 and October 18, 2003. One of those four was the fleeting image of a "Pokemon" game card during a commercial on the "Pokemon" show, which the FCC has said made it a program-length commercial – the same incident that has resulted in fines for several other affiliates of the former WB network. The FCC has ordered Tribune to pay a 12K fine for the violations at KHCW.