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Press Release

February 3, 2006

PTC Commends ABC for Super Bowl Tape Delay

Delay is Common-Sense Solution to Protect Families from Potential Raunchy Material


LOS ANGELES (February 3, 2006) – The Parents Television Council applauded ABC's decision to broadcast Sunday's Super Bowl using a 5-second tape delay, and claimed victory on behalf of millions of families who were outraged at the 2004 Super Bowl stunt.


"ABC has wisely decided to ensure that this year's Super Bowl is not hijacked by raunchy performers as it was in 2004.  Now, we hope that millions of families can safely watch this family program without the worry of seeing inappropriate sexual content or hearing vulgar language," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC.


"During other live shows in the past, we've regrettably seen performers such as Cher and Nicole Richie pull a surprise attack, using the F-bomb, on millions of families who were watching those programs.  Networks need to prevent the airing of indecent material during the hours when children are likely to be watching, and the Super Bowl is certainly one of those events.  After Janet Jackson's shocking 2004 Super Bowl performance, the PTC with its more than 1 million members, led the charge to clean up the airwaves by calling on the FCC to levy a hefty fine against CBS and its affiliates for violation of the federal indecency law – and the FCC rightly levied a fine.


"The delay does nothing to impair the excitement of the game broadcast, as it already takes several seconds for the broadcast signal to beam from the football field to living rooms across the country.


"We applaud ABC for helping to make the Super Bowl a family show once again."


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.

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. This national grassroots organization has over one 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. The PTC also 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.






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