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Press Release

December 6, 2006

PTC Calls on Commissioner McDowell to Recognize the Reality of Cable TV


LOS ANGELES (December 6, 2006) -- The Parents Television Council™ is calling on newly minted FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell to reconsider comments he recently made about a la carte Cable Choice, claiming he saw no need for cable operators to sell channels individually.


"Commissioner McDowell's claim that we're in an ‘a la carte world already' is simply preposterous," said PTC President L. Brent Bozell.  "Not a single major cable distributor offers an a la carte option for its own customers, which forces families to subsidize some of the most graphic content imaginable – including rape, murder, torture, incest and even bestiality.  All the while, cable prices continue to outstrip the rate of inflation by 3 to 1."


Bozell continued, "Commissioner McDowell clearly does not understand the realities of today's cable TV industry.  If he did, he would know that for families to have access to the quality family programming, sports and movies on cable, they must pay for dozens of channels that they do not watch and many they will find offensive. 


"He claims his children are ‘shocked' at the idea of having to wait until 8:00 to watch a certain show, but where is his shock that the American families he is charged with protecting are left holding the bag to subsidize the cable industry's raunch?


"We do agree on this much," Bozell concluded.  "It's time to let the market decide what it wants on cable programming.  Commissioner McDowell should follow Chairman Martin's lead and promote the idea of allowing families to pick, choose and pay for exactly what they want on cable."


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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