There’s been a lull in the indecency wars so far in Chairman Kevin Martin’s short tenure at the FCC–no fines have been assessed this year, compared to $7.9 million in fines in 2004. That may soon change. Mediaweek reports that the FCC has hired Penny Nance, an anti-pornography advocate and founder of the Kids First Coalition, to serve an an advisor on the issue. Nance will work from the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis (an office that historically been focused on economics, and not involved in indecency issues.)
It’s too early to say what the appointment means. There’s some speculation that the Commission is preparing to act on a new set of indecency complaints.
When called by MediaWeek, Nance declined an interview, saying “I can’t talk now.” That leaves open the obvious question: “Who can talk now?” Stay tuned.