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Press Release

October 25, 2006

PTC Reveals Industry Scheme to Force Raunchy Programming upon Millions of Families


LOS ANGELES (October 25, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ renewed its call for a la carte cable choice and the enforcement of the broadcast decency law, citing evidence that several television shows have moved from premium cable to basic cable, and some to broadcast.  A current series on the FX Network, "The Shield" is also being aired on the CW Network.  Originally developed for HBO, "Six Feet Under," is now airing on Bravo.  In January, HBO series, "The Sopranos" will begin airing on A&E.  And former HBO series, "Sex and the City," which was one of the first to be syndicated on basic cable, is now being carried on the CW Network.


According to Sony Pictures Television President John Weiser, "The success of ‘The Shield,' proves that high-quality cable series are perfect for syndication."  Sony Pictures Television sold ‘The Shield' in syndication to The WB Station Group, now known as the CW Network.


"What we now have is a full-fledged programming conveyor belt taking sexually graphic and violent shows from premium cable to basic cable, and some from basic cable to broadcast.  The industry ought to be ashamed.  It is shoving premium and basic cable programming that parents and families do not want in their faces.  The content is no less shocking and no less inappropriate for children, and yet these programs are now being aired when more children are in the viewing audience," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC.


"What we're seeing here is that many of these shows are now airing on broadcast television prior to 10 pm, and during the so-called ‘family hour.'  This completely blows a hole through the industry's defense that parents shouldn't be concerned about television show content because they are being aired late at night on basic cable – or on premium cable – when children may not be watching.  Parents clearly ought to be concerned – and millions are.


"The former HBO series, ‘Sex and the City', was one of the first to pave the way into basic cable syndication on TBS and WGN, which are carried by virtually every cable and satellite customer in the country.  And now this program is being aired on the CW Network as well.  A whole new audience that doesn't pay premium prices for soft porn now can get the same slutty product, diluted – with a little less nudity and the word ‘freaking' where the obscenity used to be.  If given a choice, how many families would choose to take this type of programming?


"These are clear examples of why we need cable choice, the ability for families to choose and pay for only the cable channels they want.  There is something terribly and fundamentally wrong with requiring consumers to pay for a product they don't want, and may even find offensive, in order to get something they do want.  We also hope that the FCC will continue to prioritize enforcement of the broadcast decency law as more adult programs find themselves airing during times and on more accessible stations when children are watching," Bozell concluded.


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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