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                   CONCURRING STATEMENT OF 

Re:  Viacom Inc.

     I concur in the decision to adopt this settlement 
agreement.  As I have stated about previous consent decrees, 
however, I am concerned about the effect of today's decision 
on the Commission's license renewal process.  The totality 
of a broadcasters' record is pertinent and should be 
considered when licenses are renewed.  Today's decision 
takes an entire part of the record off the table.  It is bad 
enough that our re-licensing process has degenerated to the 
point where the Commission generally does not even look at a 
station's public file or inquire further into the station's 
service to its community unless a citizen of that particular 
community brings an issue to our attention.  Today, the 
Commission tells those citizens that some information is no 
longer relevant in evaluating a broadcaster's overall 
performance in its community.   

     I would also sound a cautionary note that the 
Commission has gone down this road before with Infinity 
Broadcasting which is now part of Viacom.  At that time, the 
Commission praised the steps Infinity took to ensure 
compliance with the indecency laws.  Yet, today, we are once 
again settling numerous indecency complaints against 
Infinity and its parent company, Viacom.  Going forward, I 
urge my colleagues to accord prompt and vigorous attention 
to any future listener or viewer complaints against this