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Press Release

June 27, 2006

PTC Calls on Circuit City to Evaluate Advertising Policy

Circuit City Consistently Advertises on Raunchy TV Programs


RICHMOND, VA (June 27, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ has called on Circuit City to evaluate its advertising policies because it consistently advertises on programs containing graphic violence and explicit sexual content.  The following are excerpts from a statement delivered by Glen Erickson, manager of advertiser programs at the Parents Television Council, today at the annual Circuit City shareholders meeting held today in Richmond, Va.


"I am here today representing the Parents Television Council, a non-profit nonpartisan group committed to protecting children from sex, violence and profanity in entertainment.  The reason I'm here today is because Circuit City consistently advertises on programming that contains graphic violence, excessive sexual content and foul language.  PTC representatives have been here before citing Circuit City for irresponsible media buying.  It needs to stop - - now. 


"It is evident to me, and to the PTC's 1.1 million members, that Circuit City does not have advertising guidelines in place to keep its name off of shows that consistently scrape the bottom of the barrel for program content.  Circuit City ads appear on shows like Nip/Tuck, Las Vegas, C.S.I. and C.S.I.:Miami -- all of which contain either brutal violence or explicit sexual content.  Other shows sponsored by Circuit City shared storylines that dealt with child pornography, rape, racial slurs and a young child killed by a sniper while on a playground.


"On one episode of Nip/Tuck, sponsored by Circuit City, a teenaged character named Matt discovered the middle-aged woman he had been sleeping with was actually a transsexual and was engaged in a pseudo-incestuous relationship with her adopted son.  Matt goes to a bar that caters to transsexuals and picks up a woman, only to discover that she is pre-operative.  When he makes the discovery he brutally beats her, all while letting loose with a stream of obscenities.  To save myself and my fellow shareholders further embarrassment, I am forwarding a letter addressed to you, Mr. McCollough, outlining the many destructive programs sponsored by Circuit City.


"The PTC's message to Circuit City is clear - - your advertising dollars reflect your corporate values.  I doubt the Board of Directors or shareholders would be proud of the content paid for by your advertisements on shows like Nip/Tuck, C.S.I., C.S.I.: Miami and Las Vegas.


"I am here today to plead with you, on behalf of millions of Americans, to stop underwriting sleaze and adopt responsible advertising guidelines that will keep Circuit City off of programming that contains foul language, gratuitous sex, and graphic violence. 


"Will Circuit City continue to pay for the ‘cultural sewage' that is broadcast into our homes on a nightly basis?  The PTC would like your response to this question by the fifteenth of July so that we may let our 1.1 million members know whether or not Circuit City will continue to sponsor some of the most offensive and violent programming on television.


"I hope that I will be able to tell them that Circuit City is adopting advertising guidelines that reflect its corporate values."


To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, 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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