The owner of a Missouri television station that is being investigated for the broadcast of an allegedly indecent film during prime time said yesterday that the station had some time ago made personnel changes in connection with the broadcast.

Morton Kent, chairman of Media Central Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn., said the airing on May 16 last year of "Private Lessons," which deals with the seduction of a boy by his housekeeper, violated internal company policy.

"In our mind, there was a lack of good taste and good sense," Kent said.

"The people who were involved in allowing that to be aired are no longer there and have not been for a while," he said.

The FCC announced Tuesday that it was investigating the broadcast, which began at 8 p.m., saying it appeared to violate federal law.

Under FCC rules adopted in November, the airing of material deemed "indecent" is allowable only between midnight and 6 a.m. "Obscene" material is banned at all times.

While conceding bad taste, Kent said he believed the airing did not constitute a violation of the law or FCC regulations.

He also said the FCC had informed the news media of its investigation before informing the station, which was inundated with calls about something on which it had no information.