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ABC affiliates dropping war movie over FCC concerns

ABC affiliates around the country, including inOhio and Kentucky, have announced that they won't take part in the network's Veterans Day airing of "Saving Private Ryan." The stations say the acclaimed film's violence and language could draw sanctions from the Federal Communications Commission. The decisions mark a twist in the conflict over the aggressive stand the FCC has taken against obscenity and profanity since Janet Jackson flashed the world during the last Super Bowl halftime show. Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning movie aired on ABC with relatively little controversy in 2001 and 2002, but station owners are unnerved that airing it tomorrow could bring federal punishment. The film includes a violent depiction of the D-Day invasion and profanity. Stations choosing to replace the movie with other programming include Louisville's WHAS TV and WCPO TV in Cincinnati.