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Press Release

October 20, 2006

PTC Calls on NewsCorp to Stop Defending Sexually Graphic and Violent Programming


NEW YORK (October 20, 2006) – The Parents Television Council today called on NewsCorp to stop defending its entertainment programming, which has produced some of the most sexually graphic and violent programs on television today.  The following are excerpts from a statement that PTC Chairman of the Board Lee Weil gave at NewsCorp's annual shareholders meeting:


"Mr. Murdoch, members of the board, fellow shareholders: my name is Lee Weil and I am here today representing the Parents Television Council, a grassroots organization with more than one million members nationwide dedicated to protecting children from the harmful content and messages that pervade so much of today's televised entertainment.


"Mr. Murdoch, I believe that you are a good man with solid values, and yet NewsCorp has clearly carved out a niche for itself by specializing in smutty, vulgar, and violent entertainment, all in pursuit of profit.  You should be ashamed -- but it's clear that you aren't, and neither are the executives that work for you.


"And yet in spite of the overwhelming evidence of the damaging effect this sort of content has on young viewers, NewsCorp has given us Nip/Tuck which has featured themes of misogyny, sexual violence, incest, bestiality, pedophilia, and necrophilia.  The producer of the series has publicly stated that his goal is to pave the way for broadcast television to feature a "rear-entry" sex-scene in the next three years.


"NewsCorp has also given us The Shield which has featured an officer of the law acting out rape fantasies with prostitutes and being forced to fellate a gang member at gunpoint.  

"NewsCorp has given us Rescue Me which recently included a scene of a man raping his estranged wife.


"I am at a total loss to understand the FX network's obsession with sexual deviants and rape – but it is pervasive; and this is what NewsCorp believes to be appropriate entertainment for families.  This is what NewsCorp is forcing millions of families to pay for as part of their basic cable subscription.

"NewsCorp has given us The War at Home which one TV critic described as "unconscionably smutty."


"And this, sadly, is just the tip of the iceberg.


"Moreover, NewsCorp has policies in place to protect its employees against sexual harassment in the workplace – which is appropriate and good, but it also points to an alarming double standard.  Why does NewsCorp deem it appropriate to broadcast obscene language and vulgar sexual content into millions of homes when those same words and behaviors would be cause for termination if spoken by one NewsCorp employee to another?


"What's at issue here, Mr. Murdoch, is NewsCorp's flagrant disregard for families as demonstrated by its abuse of the publicly owned airwaves through its refusal to abide by federal decency laws and community standards and NewsCorp's complicity in forcing families to subsidize the pornographic content on its cable properties as part of their cable package.


"It is clear to me, and to the PTC's more than one million members that NewsCorp doesn't care who it offends with its programming or how damaging that content may be to an impressionable youngster. 


"I believe in the first amendment, and I cherish the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for, but I also know that with freedom must come responsibility.  Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘Men can never escape being governed. Either they must govern themselves or they must submit to being governed by others.'


"Until NewsCorp does a better job of keeping sexually explicit and violent content off of television during hours when children are in the viewing audience; until NewsCorp stops forcing cable subscribers to help pay for the disgusting and depraved content of Nip/Tuck you will be under the constant scrutiny of the FCC, of Congress, and of millions of outraged American families.


"The solution is so simple.  If you are going to air mature content on your broadcast network, air it after 10 p.m. when children are unlikely to see it.  And if you are intent on putting degrading programs like Nip/Tuck on the air – programs that violate your own corporate speech policies, put them on premium, not basic cable where tens of millions of families who don't want it -- and are in fact offended by it -- aren't forced to pay for it.


To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 683-5004, ext. 148.

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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