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Pushing the obscenity envelope

Tue, 09/19/2000 - 8:00pm
Karen Kessler

AT&T Broadband has found itself dictating what it perceives as the bounds of good taste. The producer of a late-night sex-oriented access show in Seattle — a past subject of litigation over explicit material — has again been notified by AT&T Broadband that the show may be shutttered for offending subject matter.

Mike Aivaz, producer of Mike Hunt for President, was notified his show was on the edge Sept. 15, following complaints from viewers that his Aug. 29 show violated obscenity guidelines of the Northwest Access and Production Center and the city of Seattle.

Aivaz was taken off cable in 1998 for using obscene material, and a U.S. District Court judge upheld then-operator TCI's move. But the producer, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, appealed. Rather drag out the court challenge, TCI agreed to create content guidelines and allowed Aivaz back on the system.

The latest threat to remove the program was issued after Aivaz displayed clips from pornographic movies during his show, according to AT&T Broadband spokesman Steve Kipp.

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