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The Parents Television Council - Because our Children Are Watching!®

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. Our national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. We are a nonpartisan organization that works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.


Television is the most powerful medium in the world. It can be a wonderful way to educate, inspire, and entertain America's children. Sadly it's doing the opposite and undermining the positive values parents are trying to instill in their young ones.


The PTC agrees that parents have the greatest responsibility when it comes to monitoring the viewing habits of their children, but the PTC challenges actors, writers, producers, musicians, game-makers and advertisers to get serious about the vital role they play in shaping America's culture. The gratuitous sex, foul language, and violence on TV (along with stories and dialogue that create disdain for authority figures, patriotism, and religion) are having a negative effect on children. Much of the PTC's success stems from motivating the public to voice its support of family-friendly programming to network executives, advertisers, public policy leaders, and the creative community in Hollywood. The PTC has employed these efforts to help save values-driven shows such as ITV's Doc and CBS's Joan of Arcadia, and to encourage other shows to get rid of the offensive content, including Coupling, Nip/Tuck, and Skin. The PTC also has a successful campaign to clean up the Family Hour.


PTC's Celebrity Advisory Board
The PTC has organized a star-studded group of entertainment industry leaders to serve as members of the organization's Celebrity Advisory Board. As representatives of the PTC, these individuals address issues relating to television entertainment and its impact on American families, and assist in representing the interests of the PTC in Hollywood.


Scientifically Monitoring Prime Time Television to Assist Your Family
The PTC has more than 100,000 hours of entertainment programming in its custom-designed Entertainment Tracking System (ETS). The ETS is the only database of its kind in the world, and the PTC uses it to produce unique research and publications focusing on a variety topics relating to the content of prime time television -- including in-depth analyses of the "family hour" and the television ratings system. This same database provides the background information necessary to produce our Family Guide to Prime Time Television.


Our Family Guide to Prime Time Television
Family Guide to TV profiles every sitcom and drama on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, ION, MNTV, and select cable channels and provides information on subject matter that is inappropriate for children. It is the only comprehensive study of prime time's content available in America. The Family Guide to TV clearly identifies shows that promote family-friendly themes. The PTC uses an easy "traffic light" rating system (red, yellow, and green) to signal a show's suitability for children, based on language, violence and sexual situations, as well as overall content.


PTC Special Reports
Every year, the PTC also releases its "Top 10 List" revealing the least and most family-friendly shows on television.


For more information, please contact the PTC at the address below.


Parents Television Council
707 Wilshire Boulevard #2075
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 403-1300
Email: editor@parentstv.org


To arrange a press interview with a PTC spokesperson, please call or email our public relations consultant Megan Franko at CRC Public Relations at (703) 859-5054. To schedule a speaking engagement with Brent Bozell, call his assistant Danette Williams at (703) 684-1699.


The Parents Television Council is a nonprofit organization. Please consider joining the PTC today. There is strength in numbers and we need more people to help us take action by contacting the advertisers and the Hollywood insiders.


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