Florida FOX Affiliate Decides Against Airing 'Osbournes: Reloaded'

March 31, 2009

According to The News Herald, Panama City, Florida Fox affiliate WPGX has decided not to air "Osbournes: Reloaded", which premieres Tuesday night after "American Idol" General Manager David Cavileer says the show does not fit with "community standards." Instead, the station will air an episode of "The Simpsons".

In an e-mail to The News Herald, Cavileer called the program "unsuitable and contrary to the public interest."

"I just felt it was not keeping with community standards," he said.

"This is more of an MTV thing," Cavileer added. "They are reporting it to be a variety show. There is worse stuff than this out there. This show in my market does not serve my public in Panama City. I did not feel it was appropriate."

Cavileer has not viewed a full episode of the program but made the decision after watching a six-minute preview.

"'Osbournes: Reloaded' was thoroughly vetted by our Standards and Practices department to ensure it was appropriate for broadcast during the scheduled time period," said Todd Adair, director of publicity for Fox Broadcasting Co. "If any network affiliate feels the programming may be inappropriate for its individual market, however, it has the right to pre-empt the program."

Read the entire report from The News Herald.