Wednesday, 19 September 2001 : "No Emergency Broadcast System tests for a bit"From Lisa de Moraes' TV column today [WPost]:
You will not hear that familiar refrain "This is a test of the emergency broadcast system" coming from your television over the next few weeks.
To avoid confusing or frightening viewers following last week's terrorist attacks, the Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday that TV stations and cable systems could suspend those weekly and monthly tests of the Emergency Alert System.
The FCC promised not to take action against stations if they did not comply with the rules regarding these tests through Oct. 2.
The request for the waiver came to the FCC from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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