Viacom, NBC, ESPN Fined $2M Over 'Olympus Has Fallen' Ads

Law360, New York (March 3, 2014, 3:29 PM EST) -- Federal regulators want to fine Viacom Inc., NBCUniversal Media Inc. and ESPN Inc. a combined $1.9 million over advertisements for the action flick "Olympus Has Fallen" that misused the warning sounds of the Emergency Alert System, the government said Monday.

The Federal Communications Commission said the three networks had admitted to airing the ads, which used real tones and codes from the EAS to push the action thriller about a North Korean attack on the White House. The agency said the fines were largest ever for...
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