House Passes Ban on Ear-Splitting Commercials

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Rep. Anna Eshoo: "Turn down that darn TV!" Photo: Getty Images

The House passed a bill today aimed at limiting the volume of TV commercials. The CALM Act, which was introduced by Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), would prohibit commercials from being "excessively noisy or strident." Currently, the only rule governing commercial volume limits them from going louder than the loudest part of the show they accompany, a loophole that allows Luke Wilson to be played at explosion-worthy volumes. The bill now goes to the Senate, where there's not really much going on.

US moves to ban 'excessively noisy' TV advertisements
[BBC]