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Press Release

March 27, 2006

Parents Television Council Announces Ventura Grassroots Chapter

Howard Hamilton, Ph.D. Named as Chapter Director


LOS ANGELES - The Parents Television Council™, the nation's most influential advocacy organization protecting children against sex, violence and profanity in entertainment, today announced that Camarillo resident Howard Hamilton, Ph.D. will lead the new Ventura chapter, one of six active chapters in the state of California.


Dr. Hamilton, father of four and grandfather to eleven, has served many years as both an educator and school administrator.  He was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as the "Camarillo Educator of the Year."  While serving as Superintendent of Schools in Camarillo he helped found the University Preparation Charter School.


Dr. Hamilton was motivated to join the PTC™ out of frustration as he watched blatant violations of FCC regulations as spelled out in licensing agreements for major networks.  Hamilton says, "I am involved in this program for my grandchildren.  I want to restore control to the FCC to where one day we can sit with our children and watch television, during family time, and not be offended or embarrassed with what we see and hear.  These are, after all, the public's airwaves. They do not belong to the networks."


Dr. Hamilton joins the PTC to help provide a counterbalance to the media giants and force them to honor their broadcasting commitments during family time.


Tim Winter, executive director of the PTC said, "Volunteers like Howard are the key to spreading the PTC's mission in communities across the nation.  He has served both as a volunteer and as a professional to advocate on behalf of families and children.  In his new role, Howard will help people in the Ventura area to become more aware of how far entertainment content has slipped, and to educate people about what influence they can have on the entertainment industry.  We look forward to drawing on his extensive experience to help the PTC continue its extraordinary progress at both the national local levels."


The Ventura 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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