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Press Release

February 7, 2007

PTC Criticizes NBC for Trend of Airing Obscene Material on Cable and Internet

Behavior Violates Its Own Corporate Integrity Policy


LOS ANGELES (February 7, 2007)  – The Parents Television Council™ chastised MSNBC for airing an unedited "f-word" during an "Imus in the Morning" phone interview with "Hardball" Host Chris Matthews today.  The curse word was not removed from the live television feed, but Imus' radio show airs with a tape delay and the expletive was edited out before it aired.


"This is another low for NBC, MSNBC's parent company.  NBC clearly intends to be indecent and profane wherever and whenever it can.  While NBC attacks the decades-old and Supreme Court-affirmed broadcast indecency law in its lawsuit against the FCC, it airs obscene and indecent material on its cable properties and on its web site.  Not only is NBC doing so without remorse, it appears to be doing this with great delight.  The network recently posted an uncensored version of a ‘Saturday Night Live' skit on YouTube and NBC.com featuring highly adult and inappropriate content that millions of children could access," said Tim Winter, president of the PTC™.


"GE/NBC's own corporate integrity policy, which GE/NBC demands that every employee read, acknowledge and sign on an annual basis, mandates that its employees and vendors adhere to both the spirit and the letter of all laws and corporate policies.


"We are calling on NBC to abide by its own corporate policy, and to cease using its websites and must-carry cable networks to circumvent the spirit and the letter of the law."


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 more than 1.3 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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