The FCC is fining ABC because of one moment on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

The Federal Communications Commission has fined ABC as well as a handful of cable networks and radio stations a collective total of more than $600,000 for falsely using emergency alert tones on the air, the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced on Thursday.

The settlements came after the FCC accused the broadcasters of misusing Emergency Alert System (EAS) or Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) tones on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and Discovery’s “Lone Star Law,” in violation of the Commission’s rules.

ABC will pay the biggest penalty, owing the commission $395,000 for using the sound in a segment from an October episode of the late night talk show. In the segment, Kimmel aired a fake movie trailer mocking the president’s idea for a wireless alert system.

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