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                                  STATEMENT OF

                        COMMISSIONER ROBERT M. McDOWELL

   RE: Complaints Against Various Television Licensees Concerning Their
   February 25, 2003 Broadcast of the Program "NYPD Blue", Forfeiture Order,
   File Nos. EB-03-IH-0122 and EB-03-IH-0353

   While I agree with the substance of the Commission's decision today, I
   write separately to note my concerns about a procedural aspect to this
   proceeding. After the Commission issued its notice of apparent liability
   for forfeiture, the stations were given only 17 days to file a response -
   far shorter than the 30 days that is our usual practice. In this instance,
   the 52 stations, represented by the network and affiliates association,
   had the resources and wherewithal to prepare a comprehensive and timely
   response. That may not always be the case. I hope that in future
   proceedings, we will grant parties a more reasonable opportunity to
   respond to Commission charges.