If I remember correctly, NBC was supposed to show it first, uncut, before TNT had it. I remember hearing on the radio and TV that there was no bad language in the film... they must have been in the bathroom or were drying their hair at the time!
Actually, it was ABC who showed the movie uncut and uncensored several times. This is from the Wikipedia entry for the movie:
On Veterans Day from 2001 through 2004, the American Broadcasting Company aired the film uncut and with limited commercial interruption. The network airings were given a TV-MA rating, as the violent battle scenes and the profanity were left intact. The 2004 airing was marred by preemptions in many markets because of the language, in the backlash of Super Bowl XXXVIII's halftime show controversy. However, critics and veterans' groups such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars assailed those stations and their owners, including Hearst-Argyle Television (owner of 14 ABC affiliates); Scripps Howard Broadcasting (owner of eight); and Belo (the owner of four) for putting profits ahead of programming and honoring those who gave their lives at wartime, saying the stations made more money running their own programming instead of being paid by the network to carry the film, especially during a sweeps period. A total of 65 ABC affiliates28% of the networkdid not clear the available timeslot for the film, even with the offer of The Walt Disney Company, ABC's parent, to pay all fines for language to the Federal Communications Commission. Months later, the FCC ruled that the film did not violate indecency guidelines. Since then, Turner Network Television has shown the film in its entirety on a regular basis.
I saw this was on TV tonight. I thought the rule Spielberg told them was they can show the movie on TV if it's not censored? When Mellish was explaining FUBAR to Upham he clearly said "Fouled" instead of the F word.