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Press Release

March 1, 2006

Parents Television Council Launches Minnesota Chapter

Local activist starts first Minnesota chapter


LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2006) —The Parents Television Council®, the nation's most influential advocacy organization protecting children against sex, violence and profanity in entertainment, announced that Mendota Heights resident Phyllis Plum has been named director of the newly formed Minnesota grassroots chapter.


The Minnesota chapter will educate and mobilize the community to initiate positive change in the quality of entertainment.  It will encourage local television affiliates and advertisers to reduce graphic and gratuitous sex, violence, and profanity in television programming, while promoting programming with positive, socially responsible themes.


Plum, an active member of her church, serves as the Vice President of Programs for the local Serra Club, volunteers at a nursing home, and has raised ten children with her husband, David.


"I see the Parents Television Council as an extended arm for parents to lean on, offering responsible reports with no hidden agenda.  I cringe at what the media offers children, the trends in TV programming and music, in cartoons, video games and movies.  The PTC provides information which assists parents in their obligation and rights, making their duties easier.  It is an honor to serve the community through the Parents Television Council's Minnesota Chapter," Plum said.


Tim Winter, Executive Director of the PTC said, "Volunteers like Phyllis are the key to spreading the PTC's mission in communities across the nation, and we are proud to have her lead the new Minnesota chapter. For years she has had her finger on the pulse of what this community needs and has seen the impact of television on children.  The families of the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas now have another powerful advocate to lead them."


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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