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Press Release

April 14, 2006

PTC Denounces "Shameless" Actions of Broadcast Networks

Networks Want Unrestricted Access to Air Expletives on TV


The Parents Television Council denounced the actions of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and Hearst-Argyle Television which collectively filed a court challenge to be able to air the "F-word" and "S-word" on television.  Recent FCC rulings found several programs indecent because of these expletives.


"The broadcast networks are spitting in the faces of millions of Americans by saying they should be allowed to air the 'f-word' and 's-word' on television.  This suggestion by the networks is utterly shameless," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC.


"It's beyond preposterous that the networks would even propose that airing the 'f-word' and 's-word' on television is not indecent.  The networks' principles have now been unmasked for everyone to see.  Their actions today are indecent in and of themselves.


"Memo to the networks: the broadcast airwaves are owned by the American people, and the broadcast industry must abide by community standards of decency.  This is not a proposal, it is the law that the Supreme Court affirmed many years ago.  The FCC rightly decided that the use of these words is considered indecent.  It is the networks' responsibility to follow the law.


"In the U.S., there are rules of decent behavior and these expletives clearly cross the line.  Maybe the network executives let their children drop F-bombs at the dinner table, but there isn't a normal family in America that would find it appropriate or decent for that language to be used by their children.  The networks have taken this fight to a court of law because they know they don't stand a chance in the court of public opinion.


"The only thing wrong with these indecency fines is that they are not nearly tough enough to stop these networks, which have now made it crystal clear that they want to pollute the public airwaves with raunch."


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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