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Press Release

November 8, 2006

PTC Calls on FCC to Rescind Rulings


LOS ANGELES (November 8, 2006) – The following is a Parents Television Council™ statement about the FCC's decisions to overturn two previous indecency rulings, and to uphold two additional rulings that find that broadcasting the ‘f-word' and ‘s-word' is indecent.


"The FCC rightly held that Fox broadcasts of the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards programs were indecent.  However, we are disappointed that two other previous rulings on obscene language were tossed aside," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC™.


"The FCC's ruling about the indecent language on CBS Early Show is troubling.  The Commission has arbitrarily created a ‘news exemption' for indecency where none existed before.  In this case the Early Show carried an interview with a cast member promoting another CBS program, and that is considered a "news" event?  This creates a loophole big enough to drive a truck through.


"Even more ominous is the creation of a provision for the networks themselves to determine what fits this ‘news' definition.  Virtually any programming could be called a ‘news' program.  With the networks left to their own devices and already arguing in court for an unfettered ‘right' to air profanity at any time of day, this means that the American people will be subjected to ‘f-bombs' and other raunchy, inappropriate language on any program a network chooses to call a ‘news' show.


"Finally, the FCC maintains that only one complaint was filed over ABC's NYPD Blue in 2003, and because that complaint was incorrect, there is no basis to consider action against ABC for the program in question. This is factually incorrect.  The PTC knows of, and has documentation proving there were at least 96 separate complaints from individuals in at least 28 states filed with the FCC over the use of the words ‘B.S.' in NYPD Blue.  Once again, the FCC Enforcement Bureau, which has a long, disgraceful and well-documented history of botching, or simply ignoring citizen complaints, has apparently dropped the ball, thus once again violating its charter.  This is an outrage.


"Today, the PTC brought this evidence to the FCC's attention in a letter, with copies of the 96 complaints attached, to all five FCC Commissioners.  The PTC formally called on the FCC to review and rescind its ruling, given the inaccurate information provided to it by the Enforcement Bureau. The FCC has no right to ignore the public, period.


"Will the broadcast decency law be rendered null and void if it's convenient for the FCC, or will the FCC commit itself to doing the job as established by Congress?  Today is a tremendous step backwards for families across our nation."


 To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

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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