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
"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."