WASHINGTON Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network sparked hundreds of consumer complaints with a TV special featuring lingerie-clad Victoria's Secret models strutting on a catwalk, U.S. Federal Communications Commission officials said.
The fashion show, which aired Thursday night from 9 to 10 p.m., and suggestive promotional ads angered viewers who said the material was indecent and inappropriate for network television, Commissioner Michael Copps and other FCC officials said.
ABC declined to apologize, saying the show was appropriately labeled.
"In the last 24 hours, we've received about 50 consumer complaints about the Victoria's Secret television show," Copps said. "We need to be rigorous more rigorous than we have been in our enforcement proceedings."
Copps, a Democrat who has pushed the FCC to crack down on violations of federal indecency rules, said he will urge the enforcement bureau to follow up on the complaints. Columbus-based Intimate Brands Inc. owns Victoria's Secret.