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Press Release

March 22, 2006

Parents Television Council Launches Chicago Grassroots Chapter

Hoffman Estates Resident Named Chapter Director


LOS ANGELES (March 22, 2006) - The Parents Television Council, the nation's most influential advocacy organization protecting children against sex, violence and profanity in the media today announced the formation of a Chicago grassroots chapter.  Chicago represents the third PTC chapter in the state of Illinois, and will be headed by Hoffman Estates resident Martha "Marti" Anderson.


A mother of four, Anderson recently formed a Media Decency Ministry at her local parish, whose focus is on TV programs and commercials, as well as keeping violent video games out of the hands of children.


Anderson was motivated to add the PTC to her list of worthy causes because, "Today, more than ever, we need to be careful about influences from the non-stop media culture we live in that will play a role in forming the beliefs and norms for our children.  Television, movies, music, and video games often present lifestyles, attitudes and beliefs that are not age appropriate for the children in the audience.  Knowledge is power, and parents need to be empowered to protect their children."


Tim Winter, executive director of the PTC, said, "Our Illinois chapters have achieved great things including working closely with Governor Blagojevich last year to pass the Safe Games Act.  We have thousands of members in the Chicago area who now have an experienced local organizer to lead them."


The Chicago 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.


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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