2x2's License Is Renewed Despite 'South Park' Flap

The Federal Mass Media Inspection Service has renewed the broadcast license for the cartoon network 2x2, despite warnings from prosecutors that the channel aired an "extremist" episode of "South Park" and violated children's rights by broadcasting shows such as "The Simpsons."

The renewal of the network's license was based on a recommendation issued last month by the Federal Broadcasting Competition Commission, the service said in a statement Friday.

The network's new license is valid until 2013.

On Sept. 8, the City Prosecutor's Office said a commission of experts had determined that the "South Park" episode "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" was extremist in nature because it promotes "hatred between religions."

On the same day, the Prosecutor General's Office said numerous cartoons aired on 2x2, including "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy," were found to be unsuitable for children.

The Federal Mass Media Inspection Service took into consideration assurances from the network's executives that its content would be brought in line with "the concept of its programming," according to Friday's statement.

2x2 has pulled the episodes of shows cited by prosecutors but continues to air "South Park," a channel spokeswoman said Friday.