(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Clear Channel and Howard Stern have agreed to withdraw their lawsuits and respective claims for money damages relating to the company's decision to remove his program from its radio stations.
Clear Channel stopped airing the Stern Show in February 2004 as a result of repeated federal indecency violations.
"We are pleased to resolve this contractual dispute with Howard Stern without further legal expense and delay. Today, Clear Channel stations are entertaining listeners without being indecent, and we intend to keep it that way," said Andrew Levin, Clear Channel's executive vice president and chief legal officer.
At the same time, Levin noted that Clear Channel remains concerned about growing disparity in federal government regulations concerning media content as it is delivered over competing platforms.
"Congress and the FCC should be troubled that the current law unwittingly creates a safe haven for indecent programming on other media platforms, including satellite radio," said Levin. "Unfortunately these outlets are fast becoming the wild west for sexually explicit programming. The law needs to catch up to technology or our children will be the ultimate victims." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner