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Press Release

December 18, 2006

PTC Files Amicus Brief in Support of FCC Ruling


LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2006) -- The Parents Television Council™ and several other family organizations filed an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City in support of the FCC's rulings that two instances of profanity aired on the public airwaves prior to 10:00 pm were, in fact, indecent.


Joining the PTC™ in filing are other pro-family organizations including Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Citizens for Community Values, the American Family Association of Michigan, and the Illinois Family Institute.  A copy of the full brief can be found at http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/fcc/images/PA-38-2ndCirAmicus.Brief.pdf.


"It's absolutely outrageous that we've even reached the point where the broadcast networks insist that they have the bogus ‘right' to air the f-word at any time of the day.  The networks have no shame.  The American people have made their feelings about this known through Congress and the FCC, and it's time for the court to recognize the will of the people and the Supreme Court precedent on this matter," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC.


"The major networks refuse to abide by the law.  Yet when they received their broadcast licenses, they accepted that with the license comes the responsibility to not air indecent material on the public airwaves between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm when children are more likely to be in the viewing audience.  Only now that the indecency law is being enforced by the FCC and fines are being handed down for breaking the law, the networks decide that they cannot be held responsible for their actions.


"As cited in the petition, NBC/Universal owns all or part of 20 cable networks, which means that NBC can air 528 hours of television programming per day.  Of their 528 hours of daily programming, the broadcast decency laws apply only to 32 hours – roughly six percent (6%) of their total programming. So NBC can legally provide indecent and offensive material for up to 496 hours each and every day – nearly 94% of its program schedule.  NBC/Universal can also exhibit unlimited indecent content through its internet distribution sources, through Pay Per View, through home video and DVDs, and, as it has done for decades, through its motion pictures in movie theaters across the country.


"To further emphasize the broadcasters' greed, according to the Nielsen ratings service, last year the most-watched TV programs were all on broadcast television. In fact 485 out of the top-rated 495 programs aired on broadcast TV rather than cable.


"It's quite simple: the broadcasters should follow the law, and should be punished accordingly if they do not.  The PTC and these other pro-family organizations are fighting to prevent the public airwaves from turning into a permanent sewer."


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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