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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2006


PTC Criticizes NBC for Posting Uncensored "Saturday Night Live" Skit on the Internet

 

LOS ANGELES (December 21, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ is calling on NBC to explain its decision to post the uncensored version of a "Saturday Night Live" skit on YouTube and NBC.com. The skit featured Justin Timberlake singing a holiday song about a part of the male anatomy that was bleeped 16 times when it aired on television.

 

According to PTC President L. Brent Bozell, "This is a new low for NBC. Clearly, the network will stop at nothing to find loopholes for its indecent programming to reach the public. Moving objectionable content that would not meet FCC standards directly to the Internet is blatantly irresponsible and unacceptable."

 

Parents Television Council Executive Director, Tim Winter, added, "This very week the networks were in Federal Court decrying the so-called chilling effect of commonsense decency regulations which are intended to protect children. Not only does this Internet distribution reveal the hollowness of their claim, it also illustrates their seeming delight in providing children with an end-run on parents."

 

The Parents Television Council is calling on NBC to reconsider using the Internet to bypass FCC decency laws and will continue to monitor the broadcast-to-Web trend in general. To date, the "Saturday Night Live" skit has been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube, further indicating the seriousness of this issue.

 

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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