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.
schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly
Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.