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Press Release

September 14, 2006

Parents Television Council Launches Columbia Chapter

Local activist starts first South Carolina chapter


LOS ANGELES (September 14, 2006) — The Parents Television Council™, the nation's most influential advocacy organization protecting children against sex, violence and profanity in entertainment, announced that local business leader Brenda Wright Fox has been named director of the newly formed Columbia grassroots chapter.


The Columbia 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.


Fox, a native of South Carolina, is the founder and CEO of Bequeath Inc, which provides communication and planning strategies to organizations as well as individuals in Columbia and the surrounding areas.  In addition, Fox is a member of the Film Arts Foundation, and has been an outspoken supporter of family-friendly television for nearly two decades.


"I am honored to be the local leader for the Parents Television Council," Fox said.  "The Columbia chapter will immediately begin a campaign to educate parents, lawmakers, educators and others of the vulgarity and gratuitous sexual content that are constant on television and in video games marketed to and viewed by children.  We will help citizens voice their concerns about the content of these programs to their local representatives, television networks, and video game industry while motivating them to voice their support for socially responsible programming."


Tim Winter, Executive Director of the PTC said, "We are delighted that Brenda has agreed to serve her community as a PTC grassroots chapter director.  Columbia is fortunate to have someone with Brenda's experience and background in this new leadership role.  She brings a wealth of expertise to work on the behalf of children and families across the great state of South Carolina."


For more information, please contact Gavin McKiernan at (213) 403-1300.

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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